Schoolboy Q Concert Shooting Was “Targeted,” Police Say

Police officials say Thursday’s shooting outside of Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre was likely a “targeted” attack and not just a random act of violence. Three people were injured in the incident, which took place after a benefit concert featuring Schoolboy Q, Nas, and Flying Lotus.

“This is not just a coincidence. We think there is probably more to it than that,” Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Jacki Kelley told the Associated Press. “It does seem to be more targeted than random.” Schoolboy Q was one of the passengers riding in the white SUV that was fired upon by an unidentified assailant. No arrests have yet been made in connection to the incident.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the gunman emerged from the bushes outside the venue at around 10:30pm, as the show was ending. He fired several rounds at the vehicle in which Schoolboy was riding along with at least four other people. The rapper was not hit, but three passengers suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were later taken to Denver Health medical centre.

Following the shooting, the rapper and the other passengers drove the SUV about 25 kilometres to Denver, where they were stopped by police and taken for medical treatment. Police detained Schoolboy and the other uninjured passenger, but Kelley said the rapper was not a suspect.

Though no arrests have yet been made, Kelley said that police have received numerous tips. Investigators are currently trying to determine a motive for the attack. “We’re trying to figure out what happened,” said Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Mark Techmeyer on Thursday.

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