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One man shot inside Metro Rail University Station

A man apparently waiting for a bus inside the Metro Rail University Station was shot Friday night by another man who fled, said a spokesman for the Niagara Frontier Transit Association.

The shooting occurred at 11:20 p.m., just as a University at Buffalo bus pulled up to the station, said C. Douglas Hartmayer, NFTA director of public affairs.

"The victim was on the upper level sitting with a group of individuals when another man pulled out a gun and shot him in the arm," Hartmayer said.

After the man was shot, he first ran into an elevator but then took to the stairs down to the station's lower loop, where he was found in a van,  Hartmayer said.

The victim was transported by ambulance to ECMC where he underwent surgery. His injury is not believed to be life-threatening, Hartmayer said.

Four witnesses to the shooting – including the victim's brother – were interviewed by transit police, Hartmayer said.

The station is located near the University at Buffalo's South Campus on Main Street.

Hartmayer, who declined to identify the victim, said the investigation is ongoing.

The incident occurred in the wake of series of knife-point robberies and one stabbing that occurred recently in the University District.

On December 1, a female University at Buffalo student survived a stab wound to the chest during a robbery just after 5 p.m. in the 100 block of Lisbon Avenue.

Five knife-point robberies were reported on campus or in the University District, police said. The crimes were committed during the day or early evening.

Buffalo Police Department and UB police have bolstered patrols in the area.

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