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Photos: Triple shooting at Red Rocks following Nas-Flying Lotus-Schoolboy Q show

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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9News tweeted this photo from the scene of last night's shooting. More images plus video below.
Editor's note: Click to see the latest update about the Red Rocks shooting on our Backbeat blog.

According to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, three people were shot following the Nas-Flying Lotus-Schoolboy Q concert at Red Rocks last night -- a trio who were found in a vehicle on 6th Avenue in the wake of the chaos. Meanwhile, thousands of people were temporarily detained while law enforcers searched for the gunman, who remains on the loose at this writing. Here's what we know thus far.

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An image from 7News coverage.
First official word of what went down came in this tweet from the JCSO:

The sheriff's office quickly specified that the shooting took place in a parking lot after the shooting, not in the amphitheater itself. However, a tweet added that the park was closed until further notice and "no one is in custody."

Another Twitter message from about five hours ago reads: "Large police presence at Red Rocks Park due to shooting. All 'concert goer' cars in the park being searched."

This is an enormous task, as you can imagine given a venue with a capacity in the range of 9,000. Our Bree Davies was among those delayed by this order. At 11:42 p.m., she sent the following note to Westword editors:

I'm at the Nas show at Red Rocks and the SWAT team Is all over the place. There Is a search helicopter and cops with M16s everywhere. A lot attendant said there were shots fired. We're sitting in our car because they aren't letting us leave.
Davies subsequently sent this photo....

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Photo by Bree Davies
...and this one:

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Photo by Bree Davies
The search took a long, long time, and some were displeased by the process, as is clear from this meme tweeted overnight:

Not everyone was trapped, however. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office subsequently tweeted that a "White SUV at 6th & Kalamath contained three victims from the shooting at Red Rocks in #Jeffco. All have been transported."

The conditions of the shooting victims have not yet been released. In the meantime, an incredibly vague suspect description is out. Authorities are looking for "a black man, 5'10 to 6 foot tall, wearing black clothing and carrying a rifle," 7News reports.

Look for much more coverage of this incident on our Backbeat blog. In the meantime, here's a 7News piece from the scene this morning.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our News archive circa July 2013: "Jail beating: City says its possible liability tops out at $100K in homeless victim case."


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Wendy Purcell
Wendy Purcell

That's fucked. I was lucky enough to have never heard of rap during my Red Rock days.

Guy Morris
Guy Morris

Have law enforcement present at every concert to pat search every person going into the venue. If anyone gives them trouble with that then take them to a mobile command post and strip them out so they can be sure they don't have weapons,drugs,alcohol or other contraband. Security isn't convenient. The only other option is to shut Red Rocks down to the public permanently.

Jordan Schaefer
Jordan Schaefer

Why is it that EVERY TIME something happens everyone wastes all their time, words, energy and intelligence on irrelevant facts? It's common, documented knowledge that all races have committed heinous acts. I'm sick of hearing who can label themselves or someone else as ignorant or racist. Stop harming innocent people! Stop caring about stupid opinions and start caring about facts! Also thanks to the men and women in uniform who risk their lives to keep the public safe every day!! Especially in unfortunate events like this and your trying to save anyone else from being hurt or killed and you still have people complaining!!

Michael Gardner
Michael Gardner

I've cracked the code! All these old bigots are figuring out they are getting close to the end of the line, so they spout their stupidity like a dying animal gasping for its last breathe. Go ahead, breathe those last breathes, no one will miss you when you are gone. No one.

Candie Bernard
Candie Bernard

Daniel J. King is a troll. He loves to get on Westword and spout his bigoted beliefs everywhere.

Jam Es
Jam Es

My family appreciates the softness.

Bradford Ashington
Bradford Ashington

nope...they'd much rather bash -- or literally feast upon --- each other's brains out instead

Bradford Ashington
Bradford Ashington

shit, may as well ban many country music acts and nearly all dipshit heavy metal bands from playing there as well for the very same reasons you describe...lulz

Bradford Ashington
Bradford Ashington

it's only soft and squishy today because of lame ass gentrifyin muthaphukkas like urself

Bradford Ashington
Bradford Ashington

"This type of shit makes all of Colorado look bad. " as if massacres in suburban high schools or theaters didn't already

Sarah Sue Wyatt
Sarah Sue Wyatt

^ *You're*...stupid. And they still don't know who was shooting.

Bradford Ashington
Bradford Ashington

older white people who are either rich and/or dumb enough to pay well over "market" rates for weed...lulz

Bradford Ashington
Bradford Ashington

^^ironically, it's loose gun laws advocated by none other than Danny Queen that allow these "gangstas" to easily obtain guns

Bradford Ashington
Bradford Ashington

"Yet I don't blame the entire white race!!!." Well, I most certainly do. After all, it was a couple of pearly white teenage boys who took arms against their fellow classmates at a local suburban high school. It was another pearly white young adult male who went on a rampage, killing innocent children and staff at an elementary school on the other side of the country. It was another deranged young adult white male who assassinated a federal judge, taking down several other innocents and critically injuring a then-sitting member of Congress in a suburban grocery store parking lot. It was another white male in another country who massacred dozens of innocent school children in a futile attempt to instigate some "holy war." Going back through the infamous mass shootings/killings in history, the vast majority of the perpetrators have been young white males. The pattern is clear. When will law enforcement and society come to terms with glaring reality and starting profiling young WHITE males?

Taye Davis
Taye Davis

So. I like rap...I'm pretty sure I'm not a gangster. Not all lyrics are like that.....many are....some are not. So not generalize. You sound equally ignorant. And none if these rappers are hard core btw.

Zed Lepplin
Zed Lepplin

So it was just like any other rap concert. hahaha What's the big deal.

Tracy Strode
Tracy Strode

You are pretty ignorant if you think that ALL rap lyrics are like that.

David Heck
David Heck

It happened in the parking lot. You want every single car searched? That would be a nightmare.

Jam Es
Jam Es

I left my home state because the like minded "rap and hip hop folks" drove me fucking crazy. This shit happens all the time where this type of music is played most. I'm a dance music guy.....pretty easy to find drugs at our shows, just like it's not uncommon to hear about a shooting at a rap show. This is not an isolated incident

Dominick Black
Dominick Black

One shooter and they send in the militarized cops. BOOOO! Jeffco is breaking the law!!! That's un- constitutional.

Jam Es
Jam Es

Dear Ghetto Trash Keep your bullshit at home. The illusion that you have to "survive" the streets of a neighborhood that you can walk out of in 15 mins doesn't have to carry over into public for everyone else to deal with. Want to be a piece of shit? Cool...stay from otherwise respectable venues. PS - If you're in Denver, there are no neighborhoods to "survive". This place is soft, and legit. You're just a fake ass poser trying to be hard.

Stephen Felt
Stephen Felt

I don't think this will happen at the concerts I attend this summer. Howard Glickman

Jeff Hulsing
Jeff Hulsing

you are the one who brought skin color into the discussion. Also, typing like a drunk 9-year old isn't helping you. Also, "ur" stands for U (you) R (are). Not "your"

Tracy Strode
Tracy Strode

From someone who was AT THE SHOW (as opposed to you making stuff up to feed your silly tinfoil hat theories) "The searches weren't unconstitutional at all. They were voluntary and the officers made it clear. The officer asked me if I had any issues with consenting to a search and I told him "typically I would, but I understand in this case and it's okay". They shined flashlights through my 4runner and then let me go on my way. I've driven through shitty areas of America and had my car searched multiples times illegally but this wasn't one of them." But carry on with your cognitive dissonance by all means!

Mio Viaggio
Mio Viaggio

Are you sure that's not Iraq and our new "advisors"? Sure looks more like soldiers than American police officers.

Jessica Gonzalez
Jessica Gonzalez

Very true... but then again people been shooting up schools since the 70's... our world will only get worse... but id rather be here in Colorado than any place else... it is sad to have something like this happen in such a beautiful place.

Dan Miller
Dan Miller

Well detaining an entire concert in the parking lot didn't find the shooter did it you fuck?! Half the worthless cops there were standing around with their thumbs up their asses anyway. Of course they need to respond. But as usual they overreact to the situation and don't accomplish their goal anyway because they're to drunk on power to think logically.

Jessica Gonzalez
Jessica Gonzalez

Racist? can you read correctly??? I gave u facts while u type out ur ass.

Tracy Strode
Tracy Strode

So they should have just stayed at the station and done nothing? Go back to huffing your chemtrails

Taylor Bird
Taylor Bird

Actually they didn't violate anyone's rights during this. It turns into a lockdown situation so searching the cars becomes "probable cause". Now if they started making petty arrests for finding minor infractions then that would be a shitty use of the dept. You also have to understand that there is a good chance that they didn't find the victims until after the search so there was no way to know that the shooter wasn't still in the parking lot.

Clara Madrid
Clara Madrid

Who said black? Check your steteotyping. All colors of thugs like rap.

Clara Madrid
Clara Madrid

Rap is about violence against people . The lyrics are filled with disrespect; nigga, HO. This isnt about rsce, its about attracting thugs snd guntoting thug wannabes. Keep it at locked venues. Doesnt belong at our beautiful Red Rocks ever again. Cry all day. I live here. I have a right to speak my mind.

Tracy Strode
Tracy Strode

yes because a bunch of completely peaceful people show up to a show and then turn into a bunch of idiot gangsters solely because of the music. Right. Dumbass.

Tracy Strode
Tracy Strode

^Equally pointless from the sound of things, yeah :/

Gary White
Gary White

Maybe they'll kick in your door tonight - bootlicker

Deborah Watts
Deborah Watts

Well, well..YOU ALL can give partial credit to the negligent security from ARGUS and the venue promoters. I worked and experienced it! Gee.. it is not like I have not complained public, about the inadequate and negligent security at many Colorado big entertainment venues(even before the Aurora mass shootings..HELL..O). Which is due to the contracted for security..Argus. YOU ALL are dam lucky these tragedies are not more frequent and massive.

Angela Taylor
Angela Taylor

Ryan Peru good thing we didn't go to this...

Latifah Abdul'laah
Latifah Abdul'laah

I live in Colorado. I'm a native. I'm going to use small sentences for the ignorant. The shooting had nothing to do with marijuana. George Clinton concerts have a lot of marijuana and no shootings. This is the youth and ignorance of the crowd. When that is present, shootings happen. Many shootings have happened at concerts here. None of then made the National news. This one did because we legalized marijuana and the media had been trying to make a case of it since then. There are more older White people in the dispensaries than anyone else. Please get lives.

Bryan Moberg
Bryan Moberg

You know, nobody ever gets shot at metal or punk shows...

Kevin
Kevin

I have to disagree Clara all rap isn't about violence. There is alot of rap out there that has so much knowledge and wisdom and creative energy in it.  I do agree that alot of the commercial rap these days are putting negative seeds into consciousnesses that are being led to the slaughter, but open your mind and listen to some Atmosphere, Eyedea, Digable Planets, etc....To say rap caused this incident to happen is just as ignorant as any other blame without knowing what is behind the whole story.  Just my 2 cents.

BlackWhatASurprise
BlackWhatASurprise

It happened in the parking lot you imbecile. Would you like every single person to have their entire vehicle searched before attending any event? 

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