MPD: Suspect in shooting caught on tape arrested

UPDATE: Friday, February 7 - Mobile Police said 23-year-old Keith Dixon has been arrested in the Phat Tuesday shooting. He is charged with first degree assault and third degree domestic violence (harassment).

Wednesday, February 5 – Mobile Police need your help to catch a criminal who shot a local security guard several times on Monday, February 3.

The crime happened at Phat Tuesdays Sports Bar on St. Stephens road. Witnesses tell FOX10 news the gunman grew angry when he was asked to leave the business due to his drunken behavior.

“It was really shocking. I mean it was senseless and I don’t know what the guy was on or what got into him,” said bar owner, Rick Johnson who witnessed the shooting.

FOX10 news exclusively obtained surveillance video of the attack.

It shows the security guard, who friends and family have identified as Joe Fairley, simply escorting an apparently drunken patron out of the business.

Witnesses said the man was harassing a woman inside the bar.

Video shows the man becomes belligerent and is pulled out of the bar by a friend. At no point does surveillance video show the security guard ever touching or pushing the suspect out.

Surveillance cameras caught the same man casing out the parking lot minutes later and attempting to re-enter the business, which had just closed.

When one of the remaining patrons leaves the building, video shows the suspect pulls out a gun and fire several rounds into the business.

“He had ample opportunity to think about what he did because he lurked out in the parking lot for 15 minutes,” said Johnson. “He was pacing back and fourth– thinking about what he was going to do.”

The bar owner is now offering a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

The man was seen running away toward another bar and Johnson hopes someone will recognize him.

Meanwhile, Fairley remains at USA Medical Center with a shattered knee, broken hip, and damaged artery in his leg.

Family and friends said Fairley was shot three times but is expected to recover.

Anyone with information can call 251-208-7211.

FOX10 news is expecting to speak with Fairley once he recovers.

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