A 31-year-old man was arrested this week in connection with a fatal St. Paul bar shooting in the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood.

The man, who lives in St. Paul Park, was arrested on Tuesday afternoon at the Arlington Gardens Apartments in the 100 block of Arlington Avenue W., according to Ramsey County jail logs.

He hadn’t been charged as of Wednesday.

Adlai Xiong, of Minneapolis, was shot in the head early Saturday morning outside the Moonshine Saloon on E. 7th Street.

Authorities were called to the Moonshine at 1:19 a.m. on an assault report and found three people shot outside the bar. Xiong was taken to Regions Hospital, where he died; the two other victims were said to be recovering from their wounds and were not named.

A bouncer said a man ran into the bar and told his friends that someone was hurt. When the bouncer followed them outside, he found the three victims lying on the sidewalk on the west side of the building.

Xiong reportedly was a regular customer at the bar. He worked in production at Roseville-based toner cartridge provider LaserFax for five years, general manager Joe Barrett said. His older brother also works at the company.

Barrett described Xiong as a funny, quiet and hardworking employee. Xiong “had a great smile and always treated everybody with respect,” he said.

There have been around 45 police calls at the bar so far this year, said Sgt. Paul Paulos, a spokesman for the St. Paul police. Many of the calls have been pro-active police visits.

On Feb. 23, a 28-year-old St. Paul man died of stab wounds in a fight at the bar. That case has yet to be solved.

The city’s Department of Safety and Inspections hadn’t yet received the case from police to determine if there would be any adverse actions taken against the bar in light of the recent homicide, said department spokesman Robert Humphrey. The department could enforce penalties ranging from fines to permanent closure if the owner could have prevented an incident or violation, Humphrey said.

The department can also require additional safety measures such as the installment of video cameras. “We take these things very seriously,” Humphrey said.


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