GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4) – Investigators with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office want to determine if last week’s shooting at Red Rocks may be tied somehow to an earlier incident at a Denver concert.
Rapper ScHoolboy Q was performing at Red Rocks Amphitheatre last Thursday night along with headliners Nas and Flying Lotus. He was in an SUV that was leaving the venue late in the evening when someone with a rifle fired on the car in what appeared to be an ambush.
ScHoolboy Q, whose real name is Quincey Hanley, was unhurt but the three other people in the vehicle were injured. Hanley was briefly handcuffed after the SUV drove away from the scene and was pulled over closer to Denver, but he was then released.
Earlier this year ScHoolboy Q played at the Ogden Theater in Denver. During that show he got into an altercation with someone who threw something onto the stage while he was performing.
Investigators told CBS4 they are looking into whether that incident might be related to the Red Rocks shooting.
Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said their investigation into the shooting hasn’t turned up a suspect description at this point.
“We have no idea what their frame of mind was or who their target was,” she said. “We can make some assumptions early on and we hate to do that because that can limit us.”
Unlike some of the concertgoers that night who didn’t know there had been a shooting, Denver rapper Iman S. heard the shots ring out.
“I just heard the shots and got out of the way,” he told CBS4 on Monday. “I didn’t know what was going on. I thought (ScHoolboy Q) was still behind stage.”
ScHoolboy Q is a former member of the Crips street gang and lists the murdered Notorious B.I.G. as an influence. One video of his on YouTube is laced with images of guns. In another video Hanley insists that although he left his gang life behind, it’s not going away.
“Gang banging is living and it’s never going to die,” he says in the video.
Iman S. says don’t blame the music.
“I think it’s just easier for people to put a label on it because we talk about gangs and violent things,” he said.
All three people injured in the shooting incident have now been released from the hospital. Brandon West, the hired driver of the car and one of those three people, is not believed to have been the intended target.