A man who was attacked early Saturday morning outside a bar in downtown Williston has died, and police are investigating.

The attack happened outside The Shop Bar, at the intersection of Second Street East and First Avenue East. Jay Lepage was taken to a hospital in Minot and died Tuesday, May 7.

The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation is investigating the case, according to Sgt. Detective Danielle Hendricks with the Williston police.

Few details were available Tuesday, but Ryan Glenn, Lepage’s stepson, said Lepage was at the bar to commemorate the anniversary of the death of a family member. Glenn said his stepfather was attacked when he left the bar just after closing time and that he was hit in the head.

“We’re trying to get justice,” Glenn said.

The fatal attack on Lepage adds a death to what was already a violent weekend in Williston. On Friday afternoon, a man was shot more than a dozen times outside of Outlaws Bar and Grill in Williston.

De’Jonte Smith was arrested after a search that lasted hours and was ordered held Monday on $1 million bond after being charged with attempted murder.

On Sunday afternoon, police shut down several blocks on the west side of the city after a report of a gunshot at the Williston Village Apartments in the 2300 block of 17th Avenue West. Officers, including members of the Williams County SWAT Team, searched for a suspect for several hours but could not locate the man they believe fired a shot inside. A warrant has been issued for a suspect in that incident.

Investigators have not released any information about a possible motive for the attack on Lepage, nor have they released any information about any suspects.

Hendricks said the Williston police weren’t able to release any information because another agency was handling the investigation. Anyone with information about the attack on LePage is asked to contact the Williston BCI office.


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