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Second suspect arrested in Metter shooting
W Brand Elliot Grant
Brand Elliott Grant

    A second suspect in Sunday’s early morning shooting at Club 46 in Metter was arrested Wednesday.
    Metter Police Chief Dennis Nelson said Brand Elliott Grant, 34, Country Club Road, Statesboro,  was arrested Wednesday on charges of aggravated assault.
    “He is being held in the Candler County Jail and additional charges are possible,” he said. “… Grant reportedly also provided a residential address in Melbourne, Florida to Candler jail officials.” Giving false identity information to police is against Georgia law.
    Joe Lester Denson Jr., 33, Washington Street, Metter, was arrested earlier this week, charged with aggravated assault after reportedly shooting an unnamed victim in the back.
    Nelson said Tuesday the 27-year-old victim was in stable condition after being airlifted to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah on Sunday morning.
    The shooting occurred around 12:15 a.m. Sunday at Club 46, at the intersection of Metter-Portal Highway and Ga. 46. Officers responding to calls about shots fired found the victim, and while they were investigating that incident, dispatchers received a call about a second shooting incident in the area, he said.
    Officers heard “several gunshots fired in rapid succession” in the Ellis Street area, but did not locate any offenders or victims, he said.“Investigators believe the second shooting may be connected to the first shooting at Club 46.”
    More arrests are anticipated regarding both shooting incidents.
    According to Internet website, Denson has a past record of criminal activity. He was incarcerated in Indian River County, Fla. on convictions of felony driving without a license and current registration, and fleeing/attempt to elude, according to the website. He served a year and six months and was released in December 2010.
    No records of past criminal activity for Grant were immediately available Thursday.
    “Metter police officers and our neighboring law enforcement community have worked and continue to work very hard on this investigation,” Nelson said. “We will continue to aggressively pursue the offenders involved in this incident and are encouraged by the information and leads we have been receiving.”
    Georgia State Patrol troopers assisted Wednesday in Grant’s arrest, he said.
    Anyone with information about the shooting incident is asked to contact Investigator Justin Wells at (912) 685-2190.
    Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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