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BUFFALO POLICE PROBE 3 MORE SHOOTINGS

A series of violent episodes in Buffalo over the past 72 hours has interrupted what had been something of a lull in city crime the past month.

Buffalo police are investigating three separate shootings on Sunday, following a homicide Saturday and three other shootings late Thursday and early Friday.

"In a 72-hour period, that's a lot of violent crime," said Lt. Larry J. Baehre, a Buffalo police spokesman. "We have not seen this type of violence in such a short period of time since before Labor Day."

On Sunday:

Charles Dupree Jr., 32, of St. Louis Street, was in his vehicle on Loepere Street at about 4 p.m. when someone stepped out of a car and opened fire, police said.

Dupree told police the suspect was possibly shooting at a nearby vehicle. Dupree said he was caught in the crossfire and was struck on the right side of his face, according to police. He was transported to Erie County Medical Center, where he was treated and released, a hospital official said.

Glance T. Ross, 19, of Arkansas Street, was walking on Broadway near Sweet Street about 12:30 p.m. when he was shot in his lower back, according to police reports. The shooter was in a large white vehicle, but no other description was provided. Ross also was released after treatment at ECMC.

Leo C. Mellerson Jr., of Sumner Place, told police that shortly before 3:15 a.m. he was at the intersection of Walden and Brinkman avenues when an unknown person fired three to four shots at his vehicle.

These incidents followed a homicide on Fillmore Avenue on Saturday, and separate -- but not life-threatening -- shootings on Niagara, William and Amherst streets late Thursday night and early Friday morning.

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