Two boys have been charged in connection with the fatal shooting of Billy Ray Robles during a party bus event in Inver Grove Heights.
The names of the 17-year-old boy, of an unknown address, and a 16-year-old boy from St. Paul have not been released, but they have been charged with 1st degree riot and 2nd degree assault.
It follows the fatal shooting in the early hours of Saturday outside the AMC Showplace movie theater, where police arrived to find Robles with two gunshot wounds – one to his chest.
He died in Regions Hospital a short time later.
It was found that those some of those on the party bus were members of different gangs – one "east side" and the other "west side."
According to Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom, these groups were "arguing throughout the night while on the bus."
When the bus returned, the west side group started chasing the east side, at which point two members of the east side group turned around and fired guns in their direction.
Robles, an aspiring rapper who performed under the name Billy Tha Kidd, was shot, as was a second individual who took a bullet to the ankle, but fled the scene before police arrived. He was stopped a short time later on Hwy. 52.
"This is another example of the senseless and tragic loss of life from gun violence in our community," Backstrom said. "It is extremely disturbing to see juveniles possessing and using firearms in this manner."