Sheriff: Rapper Schoolboy Q’s vehicle ‘targeted’ in Red Rocks shooting

Schoolboy Q

Schoolboy Q

MORRISON, Colo. — Though a suspect still had not yet been named as of noon Saturday, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the rapper Schoolboy Q’s van “appears to have been targeted” in a shooting during a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater earlier this week.

The sheriff’s office has also confirmed that Schoolboy Q, whose real name is Quincy Hanley, was not injured in the Thursday shooting. However, all three men who were riding with the rapper were injured.

One of the victims was released from Denver Health on Friday, and though the other two were still received treatment on Saturday, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Jacki Kelley said all three “are expected to be OK.”

Saturday’s focus for the authorities, Kelley said, was continuing to work towards “trying to identify and locate the suspect.”

“It does appear to be a targeted shooting rather than random,” Kelley said Saturday. “We are trying to gain some measure of understanding about why this occurred.”

The sheriff’s office said the shooting occurred near the Trading Post, which is behind the amphitheater, around 10:25 p.m. during a concert that featured Schoolboy Q along with Nas and Flying Lotus.

The bullet-riddled SUV carrying the three shooting victims was found in Denver at 6th Avenue and Kalamath Street around 11 p.m. The reason the group left Red Rocks and drove to Denver had not been given as of Saturday.

Details about the suspect were still vague Saturday as well, with authorities only having described him as a 6-foot black man. Authorities have also said evidence suggest the individual used a rifle in the shooting.

There were reports that during a Schoolboy Q concert in March at Denver’s Ogden Theater, someone threw an object at the rapper during the show. Schoolboy Q reportedly exited the stage to confront the individual. The sheriff’s office is yet to make a connection between that incident and Thursday’s shooting.