L.A. Rapper Schoolboy Q Fired On After Concert In Colorado
The SUV rapper Schoolboy Q was riding in after a concert in Colorado was fired on by a gunman Thursday night, injuring three people but not the rapper himself. The gunman escaped and the SUV sped off before it was apprehended by police cars 15 miles later near Downtown Denver.
The L.A. rapper, whose real name is Quincy Matthew Hanley, was leaving the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre after opening for Nas and L.A.-based musician Flying Lotus when his vehicle was fired on near its south entrance. The driver, Brandon West, and two passengers other than Schoolboy Q were injured in the attack and went to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries according to the Denver Westword. A picture and accompanying tweet by a friend of West's said that he was going to recover:
Jefferson County sheriffs told 7NEWS that the suspect they were looking for was described as a "a black man, 5'10 to 6 foot tall, wearing black clothing and carrying a rifle." The scenic concert venue is in the mountains outside of Denver, which likely made his escape relatively easy. "He ran off in the brush in the mountainous area, so we don't know how he left," a spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department told the LA Times.
The shooting occurred shortly after the concert had wrapped up, as the audience was leaving the venue. "We heard more than eight gunshots in a row. Then saw an SUV take off and we paused for a minute," a witness told the Denver Post. "We didn't hear anyone yelling or anything... At the time we were thinking the situation might have been fireworks."
The rapper's SUV was apprehended when surrounded by police near 6th Avenue and Kalamath Street in Denver, and Schoolboy Q was seen by local news crews being handcuffed. However, he was not arrested and is not considered a suspect in the shooting. The rapper was detained because his SUV had not pulled over when pursued by police.
Police were at the amphitheater on Friday with search dogs looking for evidence. At this point investigators have no motive and say Schoolboy Q and the three injured in the shooting are being cooperative with investigators. Schoolboy Q took to Twitter this morning to reassure his fans:
im str8...... dont trip— ScHoolboy Q (@ScHoolboyQ) June 20, 2014
Tonight's Skrillex concert will go on as scheduled at Red Rocks.