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Charges: Man kicked out of bar assaults, shoots at victim outside

A bouncer told police that the man was denied entry to the bar because he was carrying a handgun.
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ST PAUL, Minn. — A St. Paul man is charged with assaulting and shooting at another man outside a bar, after being denied entry for carrying a gun.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Ramsey County, Taral Junior Holmes, 35, entered Born's Bar on Rice Street in St. Paul at about 10 p.m. on Jan. 14.

A bouncer told police that Holmes set off a metal detector. A handgun was found on him, so he was denied entry to the bar.

The complaint states that Holmes was outside the bar later and punched a man in the head and neck area, then pulled out a gun and shot in his direction multiple times at close range. Holmes fled and the man did not have any gunshot wounds, according to the court documents.

A St. Paul police officer and the bouncer both later identified Holmes from photos.

On Jan. 22, Holmes was arrested in Burnsville. He dropped a backpack when he saw officers, and the complaint says the backpack contained a 50-round capacity drum magazine. Officers found a Smith and Wesson 9mm handgun in the car Holmes was approaching, as well.

Holmes has four prior felony convictions, and is not eligible to possess a firearm. He is charged with second degree attempted murder, and two counts of possessing a firearm after committing a violent crime.

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