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Boy from Hopkins, 16, arrested over fatal party bus shooting

Aspiring rapper Billy Ray Robles died in the shooting.

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting on a party bus this past weekend.

Inver Grove Heights police confirmed that the teenager from Hopkins was taken into custody late on Monday.

He's been booked in connection with the death of Billy Ray Robles, 19, who died from a gunshot wound after a fight broke out during the party bus gathering in the AMC Showplace parking lot early Saturday morning.

Police say they're still looking for at least one more person of interest in the shooting, and want to talk to more witnesses from the scene.


– Victim of party bus shooting was aspiring St. Paul rapper.

“This investigation remains in the early stages” said Inver Grove Heights Police Chief Paul Schnell. “These investigations are complex given the range of evidence that will require forensic testing and the witnesses investigators still need to locate and interview."

Between 40-50 people were thought to have been on the party bus when it made the stop outside the movie theater.

Police continue to investigate the motive behind the fight between two groups of teens and young men when the bus got arrived back at the AMC, but rival gang affiliation has been identified as a possibility, according to witnesses.

The family of Robles suggested he was trying to play the peacemaker when he was shot. 

A juvenile suffered facial injuries in the incident, while another boy suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his lower body.

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