Rapper Schoolboy Q was unhurt in the shooting outside a Denver-area concert venue.
DENVER — A man on Thursday night shot three people inside an SUV limousine carrying a California rapper leaving his performance at Colorado's Red Rocks Ampitheatre concert venue.
Schoolboy Q, whose real name is Quincy Matthew Hanley, was unhurt in the shooting at the venue about 10 miles west of Denver. The suspect remains at large, police said.
The SUV in which Hanley was riding fled east from the venue toward Denver before being stopped by police, said Jefferson County Sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley.
All of the SUV's occupants were briefly detained while police checked to make sure it contained only victims, and the three shooting victims were then taken to nearby Denver Health Medical Center. One of the three was released Friday morning. Hanley was not arrested and is not accused of any crime, Kelley said.
Photos taken as Denver police detained the SUV's occupants showed Hanley standing in handcuffs. He tweeted "im str8...... dont trip" shortly after the shooting. Kelley said he was handcuffed under standard police policy because the SUV's driver initially failed to stop for officers.
"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."
Also performing at the Thursday night concert were Nas and Flying Lotus.
The suspect described at 6 feet tall and carrying a rifle, escaped following the shooting, Kelley said.
"We do not believe this is a random shooting into a crowd," Jefferson County Sheriff spokesman Mark Techmeyer said. "We don't know what the motive would have been for the shooter, or what the connection is with the victims."
Kelley said police at the concert venue about 10 miles west of Denver shut the gates and began an hours-long car-to-car search after hearing about the shooting. She said the white SUV left before the gates were closed and investigators are reviewing "hundreds" of calls to a tipline.
Friday night's scheduled Skrillex concert will go on as planned, Red Rocks managers said.
"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," Samantha Auday said after going to the concert.
The last car was able to leave around 3 a.m. Friday. People at the concert could not recall any previous shootings 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)," said concert goer James Case.
Investigators were also asking concertgoers to share with them any video recordings made backstage or in the merchandise sales area known as the Trading Post from 9p.m, to 11 p.m.
Contributing: Robert Garrison and Joshua Hubbard, KUSA-TV, Denver; USA TODAY reporter Melanie Eversley