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UPDATE: Man Sentenced in Triple Shooting at Charleston Nightclub

By: Jeremy Edwards, Alex Snyder, Lauren Denney Email
By: Jeremy Edwards, Alex Snyder, Lauren Denney Email

UPDATE 3/8/13 @ 2 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man who admitted to shooting three people outside of a nightclub in downtown Charleston could spend decades behind bars.

Braheem Griffin was sentenced to six to 30 years in prison Friday morning.

Police say Griffin opened fire outside of Sky Lounge along Capitol Street in September. Three people were hit during the shooting; they all survived.

The bar's liquor license was suspended because of the incident. It never reopened.



UPDATE 1/30/12 @ 9:40 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man has admitted to opening fire at a downtown Charleston nightclub last September.

Braheem Griffen pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to three counts of malicious wounding. He opened fire at Sky Lounge along Capitol Street.

Two people were shot inside the bar, and another person was shot outside. All of the victims survived.

Griffen will be sentenced March 8; he faces two to 10 years in prison.



UPDATE 9/25/12 @ 4 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Police have made an arrest Tuesday in connection with a shooting that sent three people to the hospital this past weekend in Charleston.

Charleston Police tell WSAZ.com that Braheem Griffin opened fire at Sky Lounge on Capitol Street Saturday morning.

Two people were shot inside the bar, and one person was shot outside.

According to the criminal complaint, Griffin and another man were involved in a fight at the bar several weeks ago.

They went back on Saturday night, looking to confront those involved in the prior fight, the complaint states.

The other man lured their target outside, and that is when police say Griffin opened fire.

Police say they caught up with Griffin at a restaurant on Charleston’s West Side.

Griffin has been charged with several counts of malicious wounding and wanton endangerment.

Police say he had a gun on him when he was arrested.



UPDATE 9/23/12 @ 8:57 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- After three people were shot outside the Sky Lounge early Saturday morning, the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration has taken away the bar's license for 10 days.

"The shooting occurred outside, but things happened inside that led up to the activity outside," Gig Robinson, spokesperson for the West Virginia ABCA, said.

"If you cannot control these places to make them safe -- to make the public safe from them and people inside, safe from the other patrons -- then you shouldn't have a license," Charleston Mayor Danny Jones said.

Mayor Jones supports the ABCA's decision and won't tolerate incidents such as this from any nightspot.

"Anytime you put two or three hundred people in a place and you sell them intoxicating beverages; I mean think about that -- that's dangerous, it can be very dangerous," Mayor Jones said.

Oct. 3 is highlighted on the calendar of Sky Lounge owner Morgan Pauley, who is going to re-open that day under new management.

Pauley is also going to use the time during the suspension to transform her bar's image. For example, she's getting rid of DJ's on weekends.

"I want it to be more of a lounge setting so people can just sit, talk, hang out, listen to music and just enjoy themselves," Pauley said. " I'm doing the best I can do. I'm a young entrepreneur just trying to make a place for young people, young entrepreneurs, young business people to go hang out and have a good time -- and I don't support any of this ignorance."

In light of the shooting, Mayor Jones has a message for other nightclub owners in the area.

"You have some responsibility for what they do even when they're kicked out of your bar or when they're in your bar and they leave your bar," Mayor Jones said.

One of the shooting victims is still in the hospital under evaluation. The other two have been released.

Charleston Police are investigating. No arrests have been made.

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UPDATE 9/22/12 @ 1:46 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A downtown Charleston bar has now been closed by the Alcohol Beverage Control, according to Charleston Police.

Sergeant Bobby Eggleton says ABC shut down the Sky Lounge Bar Saturday night because of the recent violence.

The bar on Capitol Street was the scene of a triple shooting early Saturday morning.

Three victims were taken to the hospital.

William Wallace, 34, remains under evaluation.
Shawn Williams, 23, and Varryl Venson, 44, are no longer listed as patients.

Police are still investigating and searching for the shooter.

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UPDATE 9/22/12 @ 1:46 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W. Va. (WSAZ) -- Three people are in the hospital after an early morning shooting on Saturday.

"My quote of the day: you mix ignorance with alcohol -- this is what we get," Sgt. Bobby Eggleton of the Charleston Police Department said.

And what they got was three people shot near closing time at a downtown Charleston bar.

23-year old Shawn Williams and 44-year old Varryl Venson were shot inside the Sky Lounge bar on Capitol Street.

Another man, 34-year old William Wallace was shot right outside.

None of the injuries are life threatening.

Police say the shooter was a black man, about 6'1" and 200 lbs. A person is in custody but police haven't said if that person is the shooter.

"You get very few people that come down here and do dumb things and ruin everybody's good time and it happens, you know what I'm saying," said Jerome Smith, a bouncer at a nearby bar.

 Jerome Smith, a bouncer at nearby Bar 101, ran outside after he heard the shots fired to make sure everybody was alright.

"You just see a lot of people on Capitol Street ducking because of the shots, you know, there's a lot of innocent people down here, man, it's unnecessary that that had to happen, you know, unfortunate," said Smith.

Police regularly patrol the area when bars are closing for the night, but sometimes their presence doesn't deter some people.

"The uni-block of Capitol Street, the bars, late night, warm weather -- is it common? I'd like to say no but there's been too many times I've been standing here at 3:00 in the morning," said Sgt. Eggleton.


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Three people are in the hospital and one person is in custody after a shooting along Capitol Street in Charleston.

Two people were shot inside the Sky Lounge Bar -- 23-year old Shawn Williams an 44-year old Varryl Venson, both of Charleston. They were both shot in the leg.

A third victim was shot in the back, 34-year old William Wallace of South Charleston. None of the injuries are life threatening.

It all happened just before closing time, about 2:30 Saturday morning.

Charleston police the shooter was a black male in his mid to late 20's about 6'1" and 200 lbs.

A person has been detained but police haven't said yet if it was the shooter.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.


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