Schoolboy Q was the target of a shooting last night at Red Rocks that left three injured

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Photo by Katrina Nattress for LA Weekly. Slideshow.
Schoolboy Q in happier times.
Update: More details have emerged about last night's shooting outside Red Rocks, and it appears the shooter was targeting Schoolboy Q after his performance opening for Nas and Flying Lotus.

Schoolboy Q had just gotten into a white SUV near the south entrance of the actual amphitheater when someone who was waiting nearby opened fire. A source close to driver Brandon West tells Westword's Britt Chester that West was hit in the hand and sped off toward downtown Denver. Two other people in the car were hit, neither of them Schoolboy Q.

West got all the way to Sixth and Kalamath, where police surrounded the vehicle. The three victims were taken to Denver Health, which is where West is lying in the photo below.

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Tweet by @Ladimuzikluva

Our source says West was working as Schoolboy Q's driver all day yesterday, and that all three victims are currently in stable condition.

The Jefferson County sheriff's office also notes that investigators anticipate being out of Red Rocks today. Tonight's Skrillex show will go on as planned.

The California rapper has weighed in himself as well, tweeting the following:

Original post follows...

There was a shooting last night outside Red Rocks following last night's Nas, Flying Lotus and Schoolboy Q concert. Three victims are currently in the hospital and the Jefferson County sheriff's office is looking for a suspect described as "a black man, 5'10 to 6 foot tall, wearing black clothing and carrying a rifle," according to 7News.

The victims fled the scene in a white SUV. According to Jefferson Country public information officer Mark Techmeyer, the vehicle refused to stop for police until it arrived at Sixth and Kalamath. Photos taken by Karl Gehring of the Denver Post and others showed a man who looks a lot like Schoolboy Q being handcuffed there by Denver police officers, but Techmeyer says as far as he knows, no one was taken into custody and no arrests have been made.

He says his assumption is that the officers found no reason to arrest the man pictured: "In a situation like this, they will bring everyone out of the car and handcuff them until they figure out what's going on."

Meanwhile, Red Rocks was placed under lock down as police searched concert-goers. We had two reporters on the scene, including Bree Davies, who sent us some updates including the photo below. You can find another of her photos, as well as the rest of the information we have at this point, on our Latest Word blog.

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Photo by Bree Davies.

We'll have more updates on Backbeat as we get them.





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lesterbet
lesterbet

The rivalry among rap singers needs to end. Humans create wars because of ignorance. Life is too precious to throw it away because of nonsense rivalries. There are many good things that give worthiness to life. http://ow.ly/ylKEQ

Julie N Rory Maestas-Pino
Julie N Rory Maestas-Pino

The venue like red rocks should not post rap concert it will just ruin that type of atmosphere

Maegan Barnett
Maegan Barnett

Learn to spell... And I can handle life so no Xanax for me, not a druggie.

Amber Lynn Ortiz
Amber Lynn Ortiz

It's not the music, the race, friends or parenting, it's the individual! Everyone has a mind of their own and a choice, it takes a mere five seconds to decide what's right or wrong and the consequences of your actions. YOU, the INDIVIDUAL will make the choice that alters YOUR life in a positive or negative way! It was YOUR choice, YOUR mind that made that decision, no one else!

Maegan Barnett
Maegan Barnett

You are the one defending this bullshit that happened at red rocks on a westword post right... I'm the one that commented "Who gives a shit" right... Obviously "hit you where it hurt." I could give two shits about some stupid niggers playing games in the mountains or your ignorant ass, I just wish I didn't have to see shit like this on westword FB feed.

Karye Ann
Karye Ann

Meagan - really darling, take a Xanax and a nap. Life gets better if you let it.

Karye Ann
Karye Ann

Hit you where it hurts did I? You're welcome for the new word to add to your already extensively foul vocabulary.

Maegan Barnett
Maegan Barnett

And fuck you too Roman, go have that fat bitch of yours fuck you in the ass you punk...

Maegan Barnett
Maegan Barnett

^ says a pussy bitch behind a keyboard. Let's get together. I'll show your dumb ass a cunttroll.

Karye Ann
Karye Ann

So, we should go back to the days where it's whites only or white like music? Things happen, people are idiots - but of all the rap/hip hop concerts this happens one time. Let's not let one bad one ruin the whole thing.

Karye Ann
Karye Ann

And another visit from a cunttroll...

Karye Ann
Karye Ann

I'm betting friends, family and those who care about him. Why comment if you're just going to be a cunt?

Rhonda DePalma
Rhonda DePalma

Stupid. Not the type of artist we need at such a prestigious venue. Especially when their crowd draws this type of element.

Josh Weakland
Josh Weakland

Was a great show. Too bad this happened...black eye for hip hop concerts at the rocks.

We Are Change Colorado
We Are Change Colorado

The biggest thugs at Red Rocks were the police wearing night vision and toting assault rifles.

French Fowler
French Fowler

First shooting at Red Rocks and its a rap gig. Big shocker!

Naomi Wolinsky
Naomi Wolinsky

Shit, don't bring that crap to our city! Keep your thuggism at home!

Shane Smith
Shane Smith

I can't believe this even happened i feel sorry for everyone involved, and we just can't have shit like that happening at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, we have a treasure here and we need to cherish it!!!

Kris Herzberger Potter
Kris Herzberger Potter

You said he was one of the Victims, then in the article you say he was not shot. Stupid writing.

Michael Gardner
Michael Gardner

Ignorance is still alive and well...didn't some people get shot at a David Allen Coe concert not too long ago? See, now I sound as ignorant and Zed Lepplin...so if a shooting happens at a theater I can say "must have been a suburban high school or rather a theater?." That kind of crap gets you nowhere fast. Thank you and have a nice day.

Jay Cornelison
Jay Cornelison

Pisses me off. Reminds me of when Eddie Vedder played there last and now will never play there again because someone threw a knife on the stage

Sam Snead
Sam Snead

Maurice R. Smith it's always something happening. Probably was a good concert

Anna Mason
Anna Mason

Red rocks is the best place to see a concert in the entire world. Pure magic.

Cheryle Velasquez
Cheryle Velasquez

I seen him get into the I got the pic of all of them before and we heard the shots crazy ass shit!!

PleaseSpareMe
PleaseSpareMe

Martial law over a shooting at a rap concert? Please.

Steven Collins
Steven Collins

I live in florida. What is the Red Rocks is it a town? I love Colorado hope to live there soon

Ossama Hussein
Ossama Hussein

Rock the bells had awesome lineup...krsone, wutang, Jedi mind tricks, supernatural,...I think you the one who's whack, homie

Jessica Cramer-Williams
Jessica Cramer-Williams

They asked to search. I didn't care, I just wanted to get home. 3+ hours of waiting was tiring

Mike Carr
Mike Carr

Why? Even those have wack lineups anymore... People who get them complain about the acts. Real hip hop is dead, and whatever this shit is they call hip hop today, just isn't.

DestroyerOfDerps
DestroyerOfDerps

Definitely a racist, though. Not unusual for a Texan transplant, sadly. 

m0009
m0009

Because Nas doesn't know anything about real hip-hop lol... Oh man


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