Juvenile charged in fatal shooting that started on bus

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Joshua Davis Ford was charged with intentional second-degree murder in the death of a father who wanted the teenager to stop harassing his son, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Tuesday.

Ford, 16, of Minneapolis had a detention hearing Monday and was ordered held at the Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Center. His next appearance is Aug. 8. Prosecutors also filed a motion to have him certified as an adult in the death of Andrew Billingsley Jr, 38, of Minneapolis.

According to witnesses, Ford and his companions boarded the bus at the 26th  and Penn Avenues N. bus stop in Minneapolis just before 7 p.m. Billingsley saw them boarding, jumped on the bus and got into an argument with Ford and his friends about their harassment of Billingsley’s son. The bus driver told police he saw Ford draw a gun from his waistband while telling the victim to get off the bus. The driver immediately activated the bus’ silent alarm which sent police to the location. Billingsley left the bus through the front door and Ford made his way to the back door and started shooting, according to the juvenile petition.

Witnesses told police the victim first ran in front of the bus, then towards a nearby gas station at 2606 Penn Ave. N. Ford continued to shoot until Billingsley fell to the ground, the petition states. The Metro Transit bus driver ran to give CPR to the victim.  Billingsley was pronounced dead at the scene.  Ford fled before police arrived and was arrested the next day.

Six discharged cartridge casings and one fired bullet were found at the scene of the shooting and much of the incident was captured by the video cameras on the bus.

Read the juvenile homicide petition (PDF).