Red Rocks shooting update: Alleged Schoolboy Q targeting, questions about search
Update: On Friday, we offered an early report about a triple shooting at Red Rocks following a concert by Nas, Flying Lotus and Schoolboy Q -- a story that was expanded upon on our Backbeat blog.
Photo by Katrina Nattress for the L.A. Weekly. Click to see to the complete "Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival 2013" slide show. Schoolboy Q in concert last year. Additional photos and more below.
Since then, authorities have confirmed that bullets struck an SUV in which Schoolboy Q was a passenger -- an act that doesn't appear to be random. Yet even as Schoolboy Q hit a new stage in, of all places, Iceland, questions were raging about the way law enforcers conducted a search for the unknown gunman, who remains on the loose at this writing.
As Backbeat's Kiernan Maletsky reported, Schoolboy Q had just gotten into a white SUV near the south entrance of the amphitheater (the location was in the vicinity of the Trading Post) when a gunman opened fire. The performer, born Quincy Hanley, wasn't hit, but three people in the vehicle were. A source tells Westword's Britt Chester that one of the people struck was Brandon West, who served as Schoolboy Q's driver. Here's a photo of West tweeted by @Ladimuzikluva:
A photo tweeted by 9News following the shooting.
West piloted the SUV to Sixth and Kalamath, where police surrounded the vehicle, with Schoolboy Q briefly detained before the cops realized the ride contained shooting victims as opposed to the person on the other side of the gun.
Shortly thereafter, Schoolboy Q, who had earlier tweeted a photo from Colorado of himself with Nas....
Wit THA G.O.A.T ESCO pic.twitter.com/QoOcawNG22— ScHoolboy Q (@ScHoolBoyQ) June 20, 2014
...quickly informed fans that he was uninjured....
im str8...... dont trip— ScHoolboy Q (@ScHoolBoyQ) June 20, 2014
...and added this update to make it clear he wasn't letting the incident slow him down:
and IM STILL GOING TO ICELAND 2MORROW, & NEW YORK WEDNESDAY— ScHoolboy Q (@ScHoolBoyQ) June 21, 2014
Evidence that he made it to Iceland comes via this Schoolboy Q retweet:
Back in Colorado, Fox31 quoted Jefferson County Sheriff's Office public information officer Jacki Kelley as saying the incident "does appear to be a targeted shooting rather than random." Nonetheless, the suspect, described only as an African American man around six feet in height, has not yet been nabbed, and neither has the weapon used -- reportedly a rifle -- been recovered.
Meanwhile, debate continues to rage about the manner in which the post-concert search for the gunman took place.
Continue for more about the Red Rocks shooting at the Nas-Flying Lotus-Schoolboy Q concert, including additional photos.