Marjory Stoneman Douglas Student Charged with Attempted Murder


By: Sharon Aron Baron

This article was edited for clarity.

A simmering feud involving a child custody arrangement exploded into a round of gunfire May 5 and ended up with a man shot and a Marjory Stoneman Douglas 11th-grader arrested and charged with attempted murder.

Brian Robert Joseph, 17, was arrested that same day, after the incident in Coral Springs. It started when the man who was shot, Daquan Griffin, 19, was attempting to pick up his son at the home of his child’s mother in the Brookside Court community. Brian Joseph was also at the home when Griffin, 19, arrived. 

Griffin honked his vehicle horn several times until the grandmother of the child, Mia Joseph, and the suspect came out of the home, armed, coming at Griffin.

Because he’d had previous physical fights with the family of his child’s mother, Griffin had brought his gun along, police said.

A witness told police Griffin was waving his gun in the air and saw him shoot at Brian Joseph, who, in turn, fired several shots back at Griffin, according to a police report. 

Griffin was shot in the face and stomach and ran to safety. Coral Springs Police received the call at 5:33 p.m. when Griffin told police that “BJ” — aka Brian Joseph —shot him.

Griffin was transported to Broward Health North for emergency surgery. Brian Joseph was captured and placed into custody and charged with attempted murder.


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