Red Rocks shooting update: Alleged Schoolboy Q targeting, questions about search

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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.
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.

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.

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A photo tweeted by 9News following the shooting.
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:

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Brandon West.
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....

...quickly informed fans that he was uninjured....

...and added this update to make it clear he wasn't letting the incident slow him down:

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.


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ericdee
ericdee

Our once semi-sacred Red Rocks slandered and reduced to this ghetto venue all by a culture that would have us believe that cRAP and Hip Hop is a valid musical art form. Interesting the the mindless that are attracted to this cRAP don't seem to notice or care that the "talent" are incapable of playing instruments or behaving in a civil manner. I can't even picture Clark Gable and/or Grace Kelly flailing at each other like baboons in an elevator or stampeding at any concert. Just different cultures. http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/nine-killed-in-a-stampede-outside-a-hip-hop-celebrity-basketball-game 


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Susan Niemi-Mick
Susan Niemi-Mick

Have you never heard if exigent circumstances? But you're right...I know nothing about the 4th Amendment. Perhaps all of these people bitching should stop bitching and take it to court then. Good luck with that.

Brian McElvy
Brian McElvy

I always thought a "concert" involved "music". :-)

Kevin Michaels
Kevin Michaels

So Ariana how is my comment more general than everyone generalizing that all cops or police departments violate peoples constitutional rights? I have to generalize when I cannot state a specific entity. Its not bullshit when a group is encourage to fight a power without all the facts. Everyone hates law enforcement until johnny law is needed to help them. Don't do this don't do that cause its my right! People who have nothing to hide have nothing to fear!

Kevin Michaels
Kevin Michaels

The driver did call 911. It's not about the rapper! It's about how everyone feels their rights were violated and complaining. But if it was them that got shot and the police did nothing those individuals would cry enough was not done. It's hypocrisy at it's best. Damned if you do and damned if you don't.

Stan Salazar
Stan Salazar

Like your punctuation you had to edit because you couldn't get it right the first time? Or like your pornstar name that your looks can't live up to? The Fck outta here with that sh@t.

Gina Olds
Gina Olds

Thug life bro? God, that was retarded.

Gina Olds
Gina Olds

Which of these shooting victims or rappers called to cops to have them search all those cars? I'm confused...

Mark J Pastika
Mark J Pastika

Like I give a crap about your shitty opinion... LMFAO!!!!!!!! That is one ass-ugly kid. Douchebag.

Gina Olds
Gina Olds

Mark, your comment was super insightful. Thanks for taking the time. You're that same dirty asshole with the caveman hair who HAS to comment on literally every single post by all local media. Opinion invalid. Get off the computer and go take a shower.

Kevin Michaels
Kevin Michaels

Hey Adam how about you enlighten me on the ignorance on this? What part of my comment is not true?,

Kevin Michaels
Kevin Michaels

Internet Balls funny! The pot calling the kettle black! You can instant message me and we and connect and see what's real or not. I don't see anywhere in my comment where I am being tuff! If stating the fact that those who fight the government and rebel are the first to cry help me offends you then you must be one of those individuals! Feel free to contact me though the message box! Step up!

Matthew Watson
Matthew Watson

That is shattered, like Dime being shot onstage...game changer, try stage diving now.

Matthew Watson
Matthew Watson

The bullets struck three people...that has never, ever happened at Red Rocks...ever! I was 11 when when my older brother and his misfit friends took me to the park...nitrous tanks, weed and shrooms galore...cops tolerated it, no one brought a fucking firearm then fired it at living human beings...ever!

Benjamin Howard Brockway
Benjamin Howard Brockway

Red rocks cops are some of the most dick headed copa I've met... they openly let people sell nitrous tanks, I'm sure they're paid off. But, if you try to sell some t shirts you made or a grilled cheese sandwich or some posters you've made they will fuck you over big time. Of all the venues in the country, the cops at red rocks are known all over for being "giant douche bags"... where its "easier to sell drugs than sell a t-shirt". When yonder played red rocks last fall they threatened to take my finance's patchwork that she makes by hand and sellls. They threatened to tow our car and take her to jail, telling her she wouldn't be able to see a judge til after the weekend... we went in the show, had a blast, and returned to the parking lot. The same cops were hanging out at the top of the south lot while, I kid you not, three nitrous tanks were screaming in the middle of the south lot, surrounded by idiots with handfuls of nitrous baloons. You could not only hear the tanks going non stop, you could see them everywhere. The same police who almost took my fiance to jail for selling handmade patchwork clothes did nothing. Paid off. Crooked fucks.

Benjamin Howard Brockway
Benjamin Howard Brockway

Yes josh. Everyone stop complaining. Eat you meds. Watch you shows. Work you job. Bend over

Benjamin Howard Brockway
Benjamin Howard Brockway

I'm sorry. The shooter was described to police. After that point, only people fitting the profile should have been searched. Cops use the "you fit the profile" card when they don't have any probable cause.

Benjamin Howard Brockway
Benjamin Howard Brockway

Susan, you clearly don't understand the fourth amendment. Oh wait, let me guess... they all fit the profile?

Jessiah Weston
Jessiah Weston

Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. -Benjamin Franklin

Adam Smith
Adam Smith

So not one person in this thread mentions the shooting victims well being? Sad when a tragic event becomes a pulpit for unsubstantiated ignorance.

Adam Smith
Adam Smith

When the facts drop it's always crickets afterwards...

Adam Smith
Adam Smith

Ignorance runs deep with this one.

Jené Hammond
Jené Hammond

Yup I'm a lap dog...lol. FYI... It was not an illegal search... Again do your research... People just like to fight and make everything so negative and dramatic... You people make me laugh...

Matthias DeHerrera
Matthias DeHerrera

You're the only person on here making sense. Thank you for not rolling over on command like so many others would here. If it wasn't for people like us, there wouldn't be any rights left. "I have nothing to hide, go ahead and stick your finger up my ass officer".

Matthias DeHerrera
Matthias DeHerrera

Saying "could of" completely destroys your credibility. You may be fine with being illegally searched, but not everyone has to be a good little lapdog like you.

Matthias DeHerrera
Matthias DeHerrera

No, you may not search my car, officers. Feel free to violate my rights when I refuse. I'll come back with a civil lawsuit against the department. Oh, and I always have a camera rolling in my car.

Robert Brehm
Robert Brehm

I was there and It was a giant pain in the ass. I don't know what they thought they were going to find

Matthew Watson
Matthew Watson

The first time in red rocks history, the first time a shooting happens and people freak the fuck out because the police searched and detained people? I talk to the police often during red rocks shows and they are (or were) pretty low key and laid back...not anymore, thanks to whatever douche farmer that went and fucked that up for everyone.

hcwierzb
hcwierzb

I was there.The police did what they had too. All the did was ask us for ids checked the trunk quickly and we were on our way. My problem with the way they handled it is all the stranded concert goers. Kids were walking down 70 and dark roads trying to find rides because the streets were blocked taxis couldn't reach them. And the fact that we sat for 2 hrs. Not knowing what happened only hearsay from people walking by the car. The police or event staff could have walked through and at least told us something. Cars in the lower lot were honking uncontrollably for no reason it was ridiculous and uncalled for.What if this gunman jumped into a car full of young girls or any of the walkers got hit cause people were driving fast to get out of the area. It was just a crazy unexpected night. I will say I had an amazing night Nas was awesome!

Kory Larvie
Kory Larvie

Hellyea that's a violation of my rights thats some fucked up shit... #CopsPowerTrippin

logoe
logoe

I was there. I was with my friends who played second stage at the top of the venue. Didn't get finished loading their stuff back up into their vehicles till about 1am. Didn't actually get out of Red Rocks until 3:30am. 

At the time I was incredibly pissed off that I had to wait two and a half hours to even get on the road. It was mostly because I forgot to bring a warm outer layer and was tired and cold. Thinking back now, I am not sure how else officials could and/or should have handled it. If they didn't do what they did, was the only other option to let everyone go and then try and find the person? I can agree that some messed up shit went down and procedures need to be followed to rectify the situation and prevent things such as that from happening again, but at the same time they tried to file everyone down the south road instead of having both roads open to speed up the process.

A little scary if you ask me considering that without a doubt there were some intoxicated drivers which could've caused even more problems should anything else have happened.

I got two photos of the process but we were almost quite literally in the back of the line before anything got moving so there wasn't much to see.

http://imgur.com/nTjCABJ,qLjwpDt#0

http://imgur.com/nTjCABJ,qLjwpDt#1

Liz Noel
Liz Noel

You have a right to say no. The cops can then perceive that as probable cause and then in turn CAN search your car. Where I do agree that cops over step their bounds ALL the time I don't think they did in this case. Don't hate the cops for trying to find and identity a gunman. Blame the gunman who had to ruin everything with their retarded behavior

Jeremy Crosslin
Jeremy Crosslin

Wow! Hope they catch that foo! Those aren't the type of shots on the rocks we like yo! #onelove

Jené Hammond
Jené Hammond

The police didn't violate anyone's rights at that point!! Research! There was a shooting with 1000's of attendees at this event... At that point EVERYONE is a suspect! Which made the searches LEGAL! Your generation has lost respect because you choose too... Not because of anyone else... No one can make you disrespectful... That is your own choice... And if common sense doesn't kick in, in these situations.... Then that's your problem... Someone could of been killed or more could of got shot... They had to search everyone for everyone's safety... All I read is a bunch of self centered comments more worried about their rights ( which if they weren't doing anything wrong there shouldn't be an issue) instead of worrying about others and their safety... Even their own safety... Get a grip and grow up!

Nancy L. Fowler-Stricker
Nancy L. Fowler-Stricker

Police cannot win....if they search then people protest that their rights are being abused. If they do NOT search then people protest that the police are NOT doing their jobs in protecting peoples rights. SMH

Carlos Ruben Basaldua
Carlos Ruben Basaldua

You obviously are the stupidity of the masses josh weakland. When your really forced to fight for your freedom I hope your ready. This government as a whole is fucking twisted and you know it. If not I really feel sorry for you. I continue to pray for people like you everyday. I went to red rocks to have a good time and because it's fucking gorgeous, so did 99% of the other people that attended. Not to be held hostage and illegally searched. That whole situation could have been handled way different. It's a display of power. Land of the free huh...

Tony Pistolaz
Tony Pistolaz

Josh lol !!!how was the mornings news? #weaksauce #brainwashed

Gabe-real Tee
Gabe-real Tee

Stuff like this is why my generation has no respect for law enforcement.

ericdee
ericdee

It used to - then they replaced music for cRAP and Hip Hop. No shootings at a James Taylor or John Prine concert ANYWHERE let alone our once semi-sacred Red Rocks. Different cultures behave differently.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Liz Noel "You have a right to say no."


True.


@Liz Noel "The cops can then perceive that as probable cause and then in turn CAN search your car."


False.


Try again


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Jené Hammond "At that point EVERYONE is a suspect! Which made the searches LEGAL! "


Complete bullshit.

kabosht9
kabosht9

The shooting victims were 14.7 miles away when found near Denver.. How far away do you think the shooter was?

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