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Red Rocks shooting suspect still at large, Schoolboy Q cuffed and released

(Updated) The musical venues scheduled at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colo. near Denver went on as scheduled Friday night following a Thursday night shooting around 10:30 p.m. when three people were shot in the amphitheater’s parking lot following a rap concert. The suspected shooter escaped on foot and is still at large.

Rap artist Schoolboy Q was handcuffed and detained following the shootings because his SUV didn’t stop for police.
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The three victims shot late in the evening on June 19 did not sustain life-threatening injuries, according to CNN. Following the shootings, Red Rocks went into lock down mode with about 4,500 concert goers in attendance. No-one was allowed to enter or leave the historic outdoor concert venue while police searched for the shooter.

Performing at Red Rocks on Thursday night were rap artists Nas, Flying Lotus and Schoolboy Q. The three shooting victims were inside an SUV limousine which also contained rapper Schoolboy Q, who was not injured in the shootings, according to USA Today.

Following the shootings, Schoolboy Q’s limo “fled east from the venue toward Denver before being stopped by police, said Jefferson County Sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley.” When police caught up with the limo, Schoolboy Q was cuffed and all SUV occupants detained per standard protocol, being the SUV didn’t stop for the police. Police wanted to make certain that the shooter wasn’t inside the limo.

Shooting victims were transported to the Denver Health Medical Center. Schoolboy Q, real name Quincy Matthew Hanley, was not arrested and “not accused of any crime,” according to Kelley. Following the shootings, Schoolboy Q tweeted "im str8...... dont trip"

"This initially came out as a chase, as a pursuit," Kelley said. "It wasn't until Denver police got this vehicle stopped that they realized it was headed to the hospital. They were headed into town and didn't want to wait for medical."

Another police spokesperson, Mark Techmeye with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, said that he doesn't believe the shootings were random. He also admitted that investigators don’t know the shooter’s identity, motive or what connection if any he had with the victims inside Schoolboy Q’s limo. And now, it’s looking more and more like Schoolboy Q may have been the intended target.

“It appears to be more targeted than random, based on what we’ve learned so far,” Jacki Kelley, a spokeswoman for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, told NBC News.

Police described the shooter, who managed to successfully flee the scene, as being a black male, between 5-foot 10 and 6 feet tall. Police stopped and searched each and every vehicle leaving Red Rocks Thursday night looking for the shooter. For more on the story, see the video accompanying this article.