East St. Louis Bar Could Lose License Over Fatal Shooting

Brett Blume

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOX) –  A fatal shooting outside their front door could cost the owners of an East St. Louis bar their liquor license.

31-year-old Antyan Thomas was gunned down early Monday outside Yogi and Jackie’s Bar and Grill on N. 9th Street.

East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks, who has recently been getting a lot of heat from Senator Dick Durbin over the issue of enforcing curfews at bars and liquor stores in the hopes of curbing violence, says police determined that Monday’s fatal shooting happened at 2:16 am.

They were supposed to shut their doors no later than 2 am.

“If the shooting took place at 2:16 and there were people inside the establishment and still leaving the establishment, obviously we understand that they were open too late,” Parks tells KMOX News. “So that’s an infraction.

The mayor, who doubles as liquor commissioner, says the bar’s license has been suspended, pending a hearing of the liquor commission later this week.

“There are several different forms of discipline that can actually takes place,” Parks explains. “One of them is suspension of a license, the second is you can fine them, and the third thing is you can actually revoke the license.”

As for the shooting itself, police have no suspects in Thomas’ shooting death at this time.

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