ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - A teenager is facing a murder charge in connection with a shooting in north St. Louis on Sunday, but he didn't pull the trigger. Ronald Houston Jr., 18 faces charges for murder, robbery and armed criminal action.
Houston was driving in a car with Dominick Chambly and two other men at around 5pm Sunday near the intersection of Clarendon and Delmar. He spotted a man with a hoverboard and said he was going to rob him, according to court documents.
Police say Houston set off the shooting when he used a gun to rob the man. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that he pulled a ski mask over his face, took the hoverboard, and got back in the car.
The robbery victim then pulled his own gun and opened fire at the vehicle. He killed the car's driver and wounded one of the passengers. The car then hit a nearby concrete wall.
Police found a shooting victim in the crashed car in the 700 block of Clarendon last Sunday at around 5pm. Dominick Chambly, 19, had a gunshot wound to his neck and flank. He was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead.
A second victim was found outside the vehicle. He was suffering from a gunshot wound to the back and taken to the hospital. Sunday's police report lists him in "stable" condition.
Missouri law says someone committing a felony can be held accountable if someone is killed. So, even though Houston didn’t fire the shots, he can be charged with murder.
The robbery victim’s identity isn’t known.