GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4) – Three people were hurt in an overnight shooting that took place in a parking lot of Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
The shooting happened during a hip hop concert featuring Nas, ScHoolboy Q and Flying Lotus, and the world-famous venue was put on lockdown for several hours afterwards as authorities looked for a suspect.
Authorities said Friday that ScHoolboy Q was in the vehicle that was fired on but he wasn’t hurt. The rapper was placed in handcuffs at one point while police sorted out the details surrounding the shooting but he was not arrested.
Some concertgoers said they heard shots fired at approximately 10:30 p.m. Thursday night. It’s not clear if that happened after the concert was over or if it was in between sets. The shooting took place in a lot near the Red Rocks Trading Post.
Others at the show said they had no idea a shooting had happened, and that there was no public announcement made.
“It was just totally word of mouth. They didn’t make any kind of announcement. We’re totally out of the loop about what’s going on,” Thalia Foulias told CBS4.
Thousands who wanted to leave were stuck at the venue while police searched vehicles at checkpoints on the roads leading out of Red Rocks Park. Officers were checking to see if the shooting suspect might have been hiding in a vehicle.
After the shooting the victims drove to Denver and police saw their vehicle and pulled it over after a short pursuit.
The white SUV, which police say ScHoolboy Q was in, was stopped by police in Denver at 6th and Kalamath. The CBS4 video showed that it was riddled with bullet holes.
Police said they found the three shooting victims in that vehicle along with the performer and they were all taken to the hospital. The victims’ conditions were all initially described as being non-life threatening and only two remained in the hospital on Friday at noon.
So far there’s no specific suspect description being released by authorities, but the search for the gunman is still on. Police said it’s too early to tell if the shooting was random or if the rapper or others in the SUV were targeted. They said the shooter used a rifle.
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department at (303) 271-5612.
The sheriff’s department tweeted “Any concert goers in the area of the Trading Post or backstage from 9 -11 p.m., and were videotaping, call 303-271-5612.”
The majority of the park reopened in the early morning hours, and officials said Friday morning anyone interested in visiting the park should use Entrance 1. The Trading Post and south parking lots remain closed.