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Details emerge of Allentown shooting that left 37-year-old man dead

A 37-year-old man shot outside an Allen Street bar early Friday morning has died, Buffalo Police said.

The shooting occurred just before 1:30 a.m. in the 100 block of Allen, outside the bar Frizzy's. The victim was shot during "some type of dispute," a police statement said.

Police identified the victim Friday evening as Saleem Merukeb, a Buffalo resident. Merukeb was pronounced dead at Buffalo General Hospital.

Buffalo man, 37, dies in Allen Street shooting that leaves neighborhood coping

The victim was shot following an altercation in the street outside the bar and those involved were not patrons, said Marc S. Frisicaro, owner of Frizzy's.

Frisicaro lives nearby and said he went to the scene after receiving a call from his bartender. He provided an account of what happened, based on what he was told by his employees.

During the dispute, a bouncer heard a man tell others he was going to get a gun, Frisicaro said, and the man started walking towards Delaware Avenue.

The bouncer brought everyone inside from the front porch, locked down the building and moved people into the pool table room towards the rear.

Then they heard five gunshots outside. There were about two dozen people at the bar when the shooting happened, he said.

When Frisicaro arrived, he saw the victim laying on the ground near the entrance to Gabriel's Gate across the street.

"We're very saddened by this," Frisicano said.

Buffalo Police have not announced any arrests in the case.

The death marked the 38th homicide of the year in Buffalo.

Gunfire on Allen Street is a relatively rare occurrence.

There were two shootings on Allen Street from 2011 through 2016, according to Buffalo Police data.

On June 26, 2014, a person was injured in a shooting outside Allen Street Bar and Grill, known as "the Old Pink," at 223 Allen. The shooting involved a domestic dispute and the victim was a bystander who was seriously wounded. Deverick Petty of Riverside was sentenced to nine years in prison after being convicted of assault and weapons possession.

No injuries were reported in a shooting near 196 Allen on Dec. 9, 2014, according to police data.

There was a murder-suicide nearby on College Street in October 2014.

[Map: Shootings in Buffalo (2011 through 2016)]

Police are also investigating a second incident in Allentown. At about 12:30 a.m., two people reported seeing a man who was bleeding from his right leg and walking east on Allen Street. The victim, a 60-year-old man, stopped in front of a store on Allen and Elmwood Avenue and someone called 911. He was taken to Erie County Medical Center.

Police said his injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

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Map: Homicides in Buffalo in 2017

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