Teen charged with murder for fatal Inver Grove Heights party bus shooting

A 17-year-old boy from St. Paul was charged with murder for the March 24 killing of a young man outside an Inver Grove Heights movie theater as people exited a party bus.

The unnamed teen was charged May 29 with second- and third-degree murder for the shooting death of 19-year-old Billy Ray Robles of St. Paul. The teen was previously charged on March 28 with first-degree riot and second-degree assault.

Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said in a press release that based upon additional evidence obtained, including new witness statements and forensic analysis of shell casings and bullet fragments found at the scene, the murder charges against the 17-year-old reflect that he allegedly fired the fatal shot that killed Robles.

Prosecutors have made a motion to try the teen as an adult.

Around 1:30 a.m. on March 24, according to court documents, Inver Grove Heights police were dispatched to the parking lot of the AMC Theatre in the 5500 block of Bishop Avenue on a report of a fight and shots fired.

Upon arrival, officers located a man, later identified as Robles, who had been shot twice. He was transported to Regions Hospital where he was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound to his chest.

The investigation determined a large number of people spent the night on a party bus that had departed earlier from the same parking lot. Some of the individuals were members of what were described as "east side" and "west side" groups. The groups argued throughout the night while on the bus.

When the bus returned to the theater parking lot, the groups exited, and according to court documents witnesses said the west side group started chasing the other group. One witness said two members of the east side group fired guns in the direction of the west side group.

Another witness said himself, Robles and a couple of other young people chased members of the east side group through the parking lot. As they were chasing the group, one of the members started shooting towards them.

Two teens, whose names have not been released, have already pleaded guilty to charges relating to the shooting.

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