CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Police arrested a Charleston man Tuesday in connection to a triple shooting reported early Saturday morning at Sky Lounge on Capitol Street. Detectives also arrested the man's friend for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
An argument escalated inside the martini lounge at about 2:52 a.m. Saturday as staff escorted three men outside, police said. A man on the street then opened fire, striking the men as they exited.
Charleston Police Lt. Steve Cooper said detectives identified the suspect through surveillance footage and previous run-ins with law enforcement as Braheem Jamal Griffin, 19, of Charleston.
Tuesday afternoon, police apprehended Griffin and his friend, Curtis Watkins, 24, of Charleston, as they ate at Sistah's Rib Shack on the West Side. Cooper said both men were carrying handguns, and Watkins was arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm. It's unclear if Watkins was involved in Saturday's shooting and detectives are still piecing together witness statements, Cooper said.
Cooper said they are also trying to figure out if Griffin knows the victims or if he was involved in the altercation that led the victims to be thrown out of the bar.
Morgan Pauley, the manager of Sky Lounge, said Griffin was not inside her bar before the shooting.
Two men -- Shawn Williams, 23, and Varryl Venson, 44, both of Charleston -- were shot while still inside the bar. A third, William Wallace, 34, of South Charleston, was shot in the street.
The three were taken to CAMC General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and have since been released.
Griffin was charged Tuesday with three counts of malicious wounding and five counts of wanton endangerment, which is one count for every round allegedly fired.