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Man sentenced to life in prison for downtown Grand Rapids double shooting

Posted at 6:27 PM, Mar 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-24 21:29:02-04
Rodney Scot Armstrong (Photo from the Kent County Sheriff's Department)

Rodney Scot Armstrong (Photo from the Kent County Sheriff’s Department)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Rodney Scot Armstrong was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for a 2014 shooting that injured two teenagers.

Armstrong, 26, was sentenced for two counts of assault with intent to murder,  one count of felony firearms and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.   He was charged as a fourth-time habitual offender.

Armstrong opened fire into a group of 15-20 people at the Buffalo Wild Wings on Ionia Avenue after midnight on June 18, 2014. The two teens – a 16 and a 17-year-old – were each shot at once in their backs, but both survived.

Armstrong was also ordered to pay $25,000 in restitution, according to the office of Kent County Judge Dennis Leiber.

Police presence in the downtown Grand Rapids area increased in 2014 after Armstrong’s shootings and other violent incidents in the area.