Three shot after Little Canada bar fight when man responds with gun


Police responded to Hoggsbreath Sports Bar in Little Canada around 2 a.m. June 24 when a man shot three people after a bar fight — all three victims sustained non-life-threatening wounds. After a short foot-chase police apprehended 21-year-old Marquise Dayshawn Parker just north of Flameburger. courtesy of Google Maps

Marquise Dayshawn Parker

A bar fight in Little Canada took a dangerous turn when a St. Paul man retaliated with a 9mm semiautomatic handgun June 24. The alleged shooter is now facing charges for firing multiple shots that injured three people in the early morning fracas.

Marquise Dayshawn Parker, 21, has been charged with three counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after he left the Hoggsbreath Sports Bar and Nightclub in the 2500 block of Rice Street and returned a short time later with a gun, firing into a crowd of bar patrons. 

According to court documents, Ramsey County deputies were already in the area around 2 a.m., responding to a separate incident involving a “disorderly party jumping on tables at the nearby Flameburger.” 

A Roseville police officer was also nearby, and reportedly heard the initial gunshots and spotted a crowd of people disperse in different directions from the bar.

Police responded and quickly determined that the shooter was one of those who fled the scene. Police caught Parker just north of Flameburger following a brief foot-chase.

During an on-scene investigation, a gun allegedly belonging to Parker — a black and silver handgun — was located in some grass near Flameburger’s parking lot. 

Three adults were hit by bullets and suffered non-life-threatening injuries; two victims were shot in the calf while one was shot in the buttocks. All three were treated at nearby hospitals. 

According to court documents, the victims and witnesses stated that the incident started as a physical altercation between Parker and several other men in the bar. 

“[Parker] was getting punched and kicked by the other males,” says the police report, adding that someone “intervened and removed [Parker] from the fight.”

Soon after that, witnesses said, he allegedly returned with a gun and started firing at a group of people. Two men and one woman were shot and all three of them told police they were not involved in the reported fight with Parker.

According to the complaint, upon Parker’s arrest, he allegedly uttered, “I have money, I have money for bail, I’ll be out on Monday.”

Parker later allegedly told police he was involved in a fight at the bar where “four or five guys ganged up” and assaulted him. In that same interview, he denied that he shot at anybody or that he even had a gun. 

According to court documents, when he was shown a spent 9mm casing, “he gestured with his arms and hands” and gave “no explanation for the occurrence.”

Parker was convicted of first degree aggravated robbery in Ramsey County in 2014. As a result, he is ineligible to possess a firearm.

The maximum penalty for second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon is seven years, a $14,000 fine, or both.

Randy Gustafson, public communications and crime prevention coordinator for the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office said various parties are trying to address problems at the bar.

“The city, sheriff’s office and business owner are working together toward solutions to prevent incidents such as this from occurring in the future,” he said.


Jesse Poole can be reached at or at 651-748-7815.

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