A triple shooting at the iconic Red Rocks concert venue was likely not random, authorities said Saturday.
Shots rang out in the concert venue's parking lot around the end of Thursday's hip hop concert featuring Nas, Schoolboy Q and Flying Lotu ended. The shots were aimed at a white SUV carrying Schoolboy Q. While the rapper was uninjured, three people with him were. Their injuries are non-life threatening.
The SUV left the scene, but authorities later found it in Denver.
Schoolboy Q, whose real name is Quincy Matthew Hanley, was questioned and put in handcuffs at one point while authorities tried to sort out what exactly happened. He was later released and is not considered a suspect at this time.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, however, does believe the shooting was a deliberate act.
"This is not a coincidence," sheriff's office spokesperson Jacki Kelley said Saturday. "We think there is probably more to it then that.
Some concertgoers told sister station KCNC that they heard the shots around 10:30 p.m., while others said there was no formal announcement and they were in the dark about what had happened until law enforcement showed up.
“It was just totally word of mouth. They didn’t make any kind of announcement. We’re totally out of the loop about what’s going on,” Thalia Foulias told KCNC.
One by one, every vehicle parked at the Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre late Thursday night was searched as authorities tried to find the suspect. More than 4,000 people were attending the concert that night. Multiple agencies assisted with the search, bringing in helicopters and armored vehicles.
Authorities have only a vague description of the shooter: a 6-foot-tall black man with a rifle according to a sheriff's office spokesperson.
Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is asking that any concertgoers who were in the area of the Trading Post or backstage between the hours of 9 p.m.-11 p.m. and videotaping call the sheriff's office at 303-271-5612.
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre is located in Denver suburb Morrison, which is on the west side of the metro area.