A man believed to have been involved in a deadly drive-by shooting in St. Paul is in custody and facing charges.
Bobby L. Woody, 43, of Glencoe, was arrested April 28, three days after a 21-year-old St. Paul man was gunned down in the driver's seat of a Volkswagen Beetle at the intersection of Minnehaha Ave. and Cypress St. in St. Paul.
The shooting happened just before 10 p.m. the night of April 25, with police officers arriving at the scene to find Anthony Boelter slumped over in the driver's seat, having suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the head.
According to a criminal complaint, two passengers in the vehicle who weren't injured told investigators that Boelter had been in a "long-standing feud with the occupants of a nearby residence where his ex-girlfriend lived," and that Boelter "made a point of driving by the home of the people he was feuding with on a regular basis."
The night of the shooting, Boelter drove by the home only to be followed by a dark-colored SUV. Boelter tried to escape down an alley but someone inside the SUV fired on the Volkswagen Beetle as they exited the alley and went south on Cypress St.
Five spent .45-caliber casings were recovered from the scene and police found a bullet hole in the Beetle's back fender and a rear headrest. A medical examiner determined that Boelter died from a gunshot wound to the head.
Investigators learned that Woody was found it disrespectful that Boelter drove by his ex-girlfriend's home, and on April 25 Woody was seen at that residence drinking and in possession of a "large handgun in his pocket," the complaint said.
Surveillance video showed Woody in the driver's seat of the SUV involved in the shooting, and when Boelter drove by another man "ran and got in on the SUV's passenger side" before Woody began to follow.
A witness then saw muzzle flashes come from a passenger window of the SUV, with the person firing the shots into the back window of the Volkswagen.
Officers executed a search warrant at Woody's home in Glencoe and found a Springfield .45-caliber handgun. He was arrested but declined to speak to police. He has been chared with second-degree murder with intent and second-degree murder via drive-by shooting.
The person who carried out the shooting has not been arrested.