DENVER - The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office confirmed three people were wounded in a shooting after a Red Rocks concert for Nas, Schoolboy Q and Lotus Thursday night.
The shooting occurred in the parking lot, not in the amphitheater. On Friday morning, one of the people injured was released from the hospital. The other two remain in the hospital as of Friday afternoon. Jefferson County Sheriff's Department confirmed none of the shooting victims were performers at the concert.
The shooter targeted the occupants of a white SUV that fled the scene after the incident. According to Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, Schoolboy Q was in the white SUV that was shot at. According to Jefferson County, someone was hiding in the bushes and fired at the SUV. The SUV ended up at Sixth Avenue and Kalamath Street in Denver where the three victims were transported to the hospital, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.
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Police are searching for the shooter and only have a vague description of the person.
"We do not believe this is a random shooting into a crowd," Jefferson County Sheriff spokesperson Mark Techmeyer said. "We don't know what the motive would have been for the shooter or what the connection is with the victims."
Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies are looking for anyone who might have video from backstage or from the Trading Post during the shooting. If you have video, you are encouraged to contact authorities at 303-271-5612.
A man at the Denver scene was seen in handcuffs talking to an officer. The SUV had significant damage to the windshield. It appeared to be a licensed limousine. Jefferson County Sheriff's Department investigators say the suspect involved was carrying a rifle.
Red Rocks was on lockdown while police searched for the shooter. Concertgoers and vehicles were being searched.
"My friends got pretty emotional and choked up by it, because they didn't understand what was going on or if someone was on the loose," concertgoer Samantha Auday said.
The last car was able to leave around 3 a.m. Friday. People going to the concert cannot remember a shooting ever happening at Red Rocks.
"It's not the place to be doing it. This is all about a fun time. People can't be doing that [at Red Rocks]," concertgoer James Case said.
One parent heard about the shooting and came rushing towards Red Rocks. Matt Dowling was trying to find his son.
"I thought it was a crowd of injuries, a big stage rush had happened, and people were getting trampled," Dowling said. "Guns are too common of news items these days."
Denver Police, Lakewood Police, Morrison Police and the Colorado State Patrol all assisted the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.
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