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FILE -- This Aug. 13, 2008 file photo shows Red Rocks Amphitheater with the city of Denver in the distance. Law enforcement officers were searching for a gunman Friday, June 20, 2014, after three people were shot and wounded in the parking at the end of a rap concert Thursday night at the popular outdoor amphitheater in the foothills west of Denver. The victims' injuries were not life-threatening, Jefferson County sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer said. Their names were not released. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, FILE)
Shooting involving rapper likely not random
First Published Jun 21 2014 11:24 am • Last Updated Jun 21 2014 11:25 am

Denver • A shooting involving rapper ScHoolboy Q after a concert at the historic Red Rocks amphitheater west of Denver was likely not a random act of violence, authorities said Saturday.

"This is not just a coincidence. We think there is probably more to it than that," said Jacki Kelley, a spokeswoman for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. "It does seem to be more targeted than random."

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The rapper was not hurt in Thursday night’s shooting, but three other people in the vehicle he was in sustained non-life threatening injuries. One of the victims was released from the hospital Friday morning.

No arrests have been made, but Kelley said investigators have received numerous tips and are trying to determine a motive for the attack in a parking lot at the outdoor venue, where the Beatles and Grateful Dead have performed and U2 filmed "Under a Blood Red Sky."

ScHoolboy Q, whose birth name is Quincy Matthew Hanley, is from Los Angeles. His most recent album, "Oxymoron," debuted at No. 1 earlier this year and reflects his life as a father and former gang member.

He and Kendrick Lamar, who was nominated for seven Grammys this year, are members of Black Hippy.

ScHoolboy Q said on Twitter Friday that he was OK.

"im str8...... dont trip," he wrote. His next tweet said. "and IM STILL GOING TO ICELAND 2MORROW, & NEW YORK WEDNESDAY."

In March, when ScHoolboy Q played at a sold-out show in Denver, someone in the crowd threw an object at the performer, who jumped off the stage to confront the person, The Denver Post reported. Security staff separated them.

Ray Alba, a representative for ScHoolboy Q, didn’t immediately return a phone call seeking comment.


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The rapper and at least four other people were in the white SUV that was fired on at the venue in the foothills west of Denver, authorities said.

They drove themselves to a Denver intersection about 15 miles away, apparently in search of a hospital, before being stopped by Denver police and taken for medical attention, Kelley said.

ScHoolboy Q and another uninjured person were briefly handcuffed while police assessed the situation, but no one in the vehicle was arrested. Kelley said ScHoolboy Q was not a suspect in the shooting.

Nas and Flying Lotus also performed at the concert that benefited three groups, including the Gang Rescue and Support Project of Denver. Kelley said she did not know if Thursday night’s shooting was gang-related.

Promoters said the gang rescue group received 5 percent of the profits. Two other groups also got 5 percent each: Preserve the Rocks, which helps preserve the Red Rocks venue, and Helping Our People Excel, a Denver-area charity with a food pantry and other services.

About 4,500 people attended the concert at the amphitheater, which seats as many as 9,525 people.

The amphitheater and surrounding park are popular with joggers and sightseers.



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