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Teen pleads guilty to shooting 3 outside Sky Lounge

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Charleston teenager has pleaded guilty to shooting three people outside a Capitol Street club in October.

Braheem Griffin, 19, said he got into a fight with others outside the Sky Lounge and fired shots. He wounded William Wallace, 34, of South Charleston; Shawn Williams, 23, and Darryl Denson, 44, both of Charleston.

Detectives apprehended him three days later at Sistah's Rib Shack in North Charleston. He was armed at the time.

Assistant Prosecutor Michelle Drummond said that a 9-millimeter handgun matched shell casings found at the scene of the nightclub shooting. Police determined those bullets came from the gun in Griffin's possession.

He pleaded guilty to three counts of malicious wounding before Kanawha Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey. Drummond said the state would agree to drop five charges of wanton endangerment and recommend that his sentence be run concurrent with one he is serving now.

Griffin is incarcerated at South Central Regional Jail on a one to five-year sentence for drugs and firearms violations.

He will be sentenced for the nightclub shootings in March. The penalty is two to ten years in prison for each count.

Williams and Denson were struck while they were inside the bar, and Wallace was shot on the street outside. A surveillance video helped police identify Griffin, who was already known to police for his past criminal activity.

The state Alcohol Beverage Control Administration revoked the bar's liquor license after the incident, and Mayor Danny Jones said the bar should be closed down if violence couldn't be controlled. The bar has since re-opened.

Another Capitol Street club, the Impulse Night Club, has also been the site of violence after two incidents of stabbings in the past month. That club's liquor license was revoked Monday. Contact writer Cheryl Caswell at or 304-348-4832.


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