Red Rocks shooting: Jeffco sheriff's office on illegal-search claims, hunt for gunman

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More photos below.
We've been reporting about a triple shooting at Red Rocks last week in which hip-hop artist Schoolboy Q was the likely target. Two Westword writers were caught in the delays that followed the incident, including our Bree Davies, who says she didn't get out of the area until 2:30 a.m. and was only allowed to do so after she was asked to step out of her car so that it could be searched.

We asked Jefferson County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Jacki Kelley to take us through the incident step by step, and her account differs substantially from the one Davies offers.

"At 2227 -- right about 10:30 -- we received our first call in reference to shots fired in the Red Rocks Park area," Kelley says about the incident, which took place near the Red Rocks Trading Post outside the amphitheater. "Initially, Denver police were on scene because Denver actually works events at that venue. So Denver had a response already in place and private security they use for those concerts was already there, too.

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Images from the post-shooting scene at Red Rocks from 7News coverage.
"When the call went out, more Denver police officers responded, and there was also a large response from the Jeffco sheriff's office. And in the next few minutes, officers from Lakewood, the CSP [Colorado State Patrol] and Morrison arrived -- and also Denver Mountain Parks."

Kelley doesn't have a precise number of law enforcers on scene but describes the gathering as "an extremely large law-enforcement response."

From the moment of their arrival, Jeffco sheriff's reps "had several issues on the plate -- one of which was the initial report saying this was likely an active shooter at the park during the concert," Kelley continues. "Those are words you never want to hear -- and Denver's initial response was to close down the entrances and the exits to the park in the event that we needed to set up a perimeter.

"The concert was still going on. Schoolboy Q was done, but he wasn't the last performer of the evening. And what we know now is that many people had no idea the shooting even occurred. The concert was loud enough that the shots weren't heard unless you were in the direct vicinity. And we didn't want to stop the concert for this incident. It didn't get over until about midnight, and after the access routes to the park were blocked off, there wasn't a tremendous impact, because a lot of people weren't really coming and going yet. There was some traffic, since not everybody stays for every performer, but not as much as when the concert was over."

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Another factor: A major gate to Red Rocks has been closed for construction, putting additional stress on the other routes. The closed gate "was still manned by the police, and there were a few people who meandered down there not knowing they couldn't get out that way," Kelley reveals. "So it was good the officers were there."

Even under the best circumstances, "you have major congestion when a concert's over," Kelley concedes. "That's just something you know you're going to deal with, particularly at Red Rocks. But we certainly slowed people down, no question."

Continue for more of our interview with Jefferson County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Jacki Kelley about the shooting at Red Rocks, including additional photos.



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Michael Horn
Michael Horn

I think if there's a shooting and people are coming out of that area (Red Rocks) you have probable cause to search cars. Westword seems to have this strange view of law enforcement. I'm sure there are many times when the police overstep but your last several articles are not those times.

Matthias DeHerrera
Matthias DeHerrera

They were looking for a person with a gun, in America....durrrrhuurrrrr

Justin Moss
Justin Moss

Our vehicle was not searched!! If they wanted to, I would not have a problem one bit. Get a grip people. There was an attempted triple murder at Red Rocks. The police had to do what they thought was needed to find him and keep everyone else safe. I am sure all the people crying about how it was handled would change there tune if it was a family or friends that got shot.

Bradford Ashington
Bradford Ashington

i doubt she'd protest being "searched" backstage by one of the performers *wink wink*

UKnowItsTrue
UKnowItsTrue

It's not a good idea to detain a large number of people in a crowded venue with an 'active shooter' situation that is unresolved. Removing yourself from these situations is always the safest thing for yourself as a person. Law enforcement is there for 'law enforcement', not to protect you from anything.....They had a job to do....Find a suspect....You have a much more important job to do...Stay Alive....

Rachel Vickers
Rachel Vickers

My car was searched back doors and trunk were opened. No complaints from me as I had nothing to hide bit it's bullshit that they police are lying about their actions when they did in fact "search" cars

Eryn Morgan Jones
Eryn Morgan Jones

She's clearly the kind if person who would complain about a "lack if response" from law enforcement if they HADN'T searched her, she just stirs shit up. One of THOSE...

Alyssa Whitney
Alyssa Whitney

This is insane... there was a SHOOTING. Get your panties out of a bunch because law enforcement searched your car looking for a shooter/gun. Do you realize how ridiculous you sound?!

Alisa Jones
Alisa Jones

That dude was outta there before cops could of showed up and closed the entrances... those shots happened behind me a few feet away. I hauled ass to my car and drove right outta there. I wasn't the only car leaving either..

Sean Alford Ballardo
Sean Alford Ballardo

This Bree chick is the only one Ive heard complain about being searched Weird.

Eryn Morgan Jones
Eryn Morgan Jones

Crazy, I would have thought my car that reeked of weed would have been the first one to be searched!

Eryn Morgan Jones
Eryn Morgan Jones

My car wasn't searched at all. The cops looked at my ID, took down my phone number and asked if I saw anything suspicious, looked at the front end of my car, and sent me on my way. Same with about 20 or so cars in front of me.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Yeah, let's suspend the Constitution when some gun freak does his idiot thing.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Yeah, if you have nothing to hide, screw the Constitution.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

You would have felt, not thought.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@muhutdafuga ... damn Constitution was written by Liberals to protect the Criminals.



muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @muhutdafuga In fairness to the conservacult, they love the Constitution when they feel it supports their yappy little cult.

They just have to leave out the "well regulated" part.

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