Man charged with murder outside St. Paul bar, victim identified


A man was killed outside a St. Paul bar after being shot in the face early Saturday morning, and a 27-year-old is now charged with his murder.

The Ramsey County Attorney's Office announced Tuesday that Nyemah Rodney-Kigee Kiyee has been charged with second-degree murder following the fatal shooting of Ahmed Ismail, 25, in a parking lot outside Arnellia’s bar on University Avenue.

According to the criminal complaint, Kiyee had been involved in a scuffle outside the bar in which one man was pepper-sprayed by security staff.

Kiyee was said to have been following the man who was sprayed as he walked away. Ismail, meanwhile, had just arrived outside the bar with a group of friends, one of whom recognized Kiyee from work.

The complaint then states:

"Ismail approached the tall man and asked what was going on. The tall man pulled out a handgun while telling Ismail to get back.The tall man pointed the gun and shot Ismail in the face."

Ismail was pronounced dead at Regions Hospital at 2:48 a.m. on Saturday.

A security guard told police that a man believed to be Kiyee had pulled a gun out during the altercation outside the bar before walking towards a parking lot to the east, which is where he came into contact with Ismail.

The guard also said he recognized the shooter from an incident a month earlier, where he is said to have pulled a shotgun from his trunk and shot at a car belonging to a man with whom he'd argued.

According to the Pioneer Press, Ismail was buried on Tuesday, with Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota executive director Mohamud Noor telling the newspaper that "it's a huge shock to his family."

Kiyee has a previous conviction for 3rd degree assault, after breaking a man's jaw following an altercation outside a gas station.

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