A St. Paul man has been charged in connection with a fatal drive-by shooting outside of the Moonshine Saloon on E. 7th Street in St. Paul.
True Thao, 31, has been charged with three counts of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Adlai Xiong, 27, around bar close on Oct. 26.
According to charges, Xiong, a 24-year-old man and 23-year-old woman were talking to each other outside the saloon when the man saw a black Acura TL traveling south on Duluth Street. Then, the driver rolled down his window, stopped 15 to 20 feet from the group and without saying a word, pulled out a gun and shot at the group.
Once gunshots sounded, Xiong allegedly grabbed the woman and told her to get down as she had her back turned to the shooter. She suffered gunshot wounds to her arm, shoulder and backside while the man suffered gunshot wounds to his hands, legs and back. She identified Xiong as her cousin and part of the OMB gang.
Police later found members of ORB, MAB and 612 gangs were in the bar before the shooting after viewing surveillance footage, including Thao. Thao had asked a woman in the bar to see if other bar patrons were part of the OMB gang but she was unable to confirm their membership.
One of Thao's friends revealed that after the shooting, Thao said he shot somebody and didn't know who it was. Thao was apparently drunk, according to other witnesses.
In 2000, Thao served a 186-month sentence for attempted first-degree murder for the benefit of a gang.
VIOLENCE STRIKES TWICE
A bar fight outside of the Moonshine Saloon resulted in the stabbing death of 28 year-old Cher Vang in February. Another person at the fight suffered stab wounds but survived.