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Buffalo man shot during argument over price of rims

A Buffalo man attempting to buy rims for his truck was shot Tuesday night when a dispute about the price turned violent. The victim first pointed a gun at the seller, prompting the seller's father to respond by shooting him, detectives reported today.

Darius Spates, no age given, was listed in fair condition today in Erie County Medical Center. Spates has a severe gunshot wound to his forearm and underwent surgery this morning that was expected to last about four hours, according to Ferry-Fillmore District Lt. Joseph Lynch.

The alleged shooter, Tommy Travis, 44, of Williams Street, has not been charged.

The shooting occurred at 33 Liddell St., on Buffalo's East Side, near Broadway and Brier.

Major Crimes Unit detectives said Darius Spates and two other men went to the home because Spates wanted to buy a set of rims from Tony Winans, 21.

At about 11:15 p.m., Spates and Winans began arguing about a $50 difference in the price of the rims. Police said Winans wanted to sell his rims for $1,700, but Spates was only willing to pay $1,650.

The dispute soon escalated when Spates pulled out a gun, pointed it at Winans' head and forced him back into the house, police said.

Travis, who is Winans' father, reportedly went into the living room, retrieved a shotgun and fired two shots at the door.

One of the shots reportedly struck Spates in his forearm, and he ran toward Goodyear through several yards.

News Staff Reporter T.J. Pignataro contributed to this article.

e-mail: vthomas@buffnews.com

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