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A man shot in the chest early Sunday in northwest Buffalo is fighting for his life in Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo police said.

Hanif Russel, no age or address available, is listed in guarded condition in ECMC, where he was taken in a private vehicle, police said.

About 1:20 a.m., police responded to the shooting in the 100 block of La Force Place. Keith Pritchett, 21, of La Force was arrested after police found a pistol concealed in a plastic shopping bag inside a potato bag in the refigerator, according to reports. He was charged initially with assault.

Police said Pritchett attempted to escape while being taken to police headquarters about 3:20 a.m., and was tackled to the ground. Authorities also said a police dog helped find the weapon, as well as more than than two ounces of marijuana concealed in a mattress box spring.

Further information was unavailable.

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