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Springfield man arrested for Southside Savannah shooting
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Matthew Armstrong

Statesboro-Bulloch County Crime Suppression Team officers arrested an Effingham County man Monday for a shooting at a hotel on Savannah’s south side.

Matthew Armstrong, 29, of Springfield had been sought by Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department violent crimes detectives. A second suspect, Torrence Veal, 25, of Milledgeville turned himself in to SCMPD Wednesday.

Investigators have linked both Armstrong and Veal to the Sept. 20 shooting of 29-year-old Paul Andrew Grause in a Stephenson Avenue hotel parking lot. The shooting left Grause in critical condition.

Armstrong and Veal are charged with aggravated assault. Veal also will be charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

After the shooting, witnesses reported a blue Ford Expedition speeding from the scene, before being abandoned by three males at a restaurant at Hodgson Memorial and Eisenhower Drive. Metro quickly located the SUV, along with Austin Tyler Todd, 24, who fit one of the suspect’s descriptions.

Todd, who was found hiding behind a nearby building, received treatment for a bite from a police dog. A second SCMPD canine officer found items believed connected to the case nearby. Todd is charged with aggravated assault and obstruction.

Armstrong was arrested at a Greenwood Avenue residence.