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MAN IN FAIR CONDITION AFTER TAVERN SHOOTING

A Lovering Avenue man was upgraded to fair condition this morning in Erie County Medical Center after he was shot inside a Niagara Street tavern early Sunday, Buffalo police said.

Michael A. Sutch, 41, suffered a gunshot wound to the right side of his chest, police said.

Northwest District Police said the incident began about 1 a.m. when Sutch became involved in a quarrel with the gunman and another man at the bar inside Skyway Tavern, 1473 Niagara St., near Potomac and West Delavan avenues.

Police said the man, described as about 5 feet 8 inches tall with a ponytail, pulled out a gun and opened fire.