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10 shot in 2 days in Buffalo, but shootings are down this year

Ten people were shot in Buffalo on Friday and Saturday, according to police.

The spurt of gun violence included a quadruple-shooting, a double-shooting and a homicide.

The violence began early Friday. Five of the shootings happened on the city's East Side, while the other happened in Allentown.

Here's a rundown of the shootings:

  • 1:16 a.m. Friday: Two men were shot inside a Walden Avenue convenience store.
  • About 1:30 a.m. Friday: Saleem Merukeb, 37, was fatally shot on Allen Street.
  • 9:51 p.m. Friday: A man was shot three times while sitting on his porch on Wood Avenue, near the Buffalo-Cheektowaga border.
  • 10:35 p.m. Friday: Four teens were shot during a gathering on Roosevelt Avenue.
  • About 9 a.m. Saturday: A man was shot in the parking lot of an East Ferry Street convenience store.
  • 4:46 p.m. Saturday: A person was shot on Florida Street, off East Delavan Avenue.

One of the victims in Friday's shooting on Walden, identified only as a 35-year-old man, had been listed in critical condition, while the 28-year-old man shot Friday on Wood Avenue also was listed in critical condition. Of the four teenagers shot on Roosevelt – a 19-year-old female and 18-, 16- and 15-year-old males – none of the injuries were believed to be life-threatening. The man shot on East Ferry was listed in stable condition.

Through the end of September, 191 people have been either injured or killed in shootings this year in Buffalo, according to Buffalo police statistics.

Over the same period in 2016, 233 people had been shot in the city, according to department statistics.

A News analysis published in June found 1,286 people were shot in Buffalo from 2011 through last year.

[Related: Map of shootings in Buffalo, 2011-16]

Police ask anyone who may have information about these or any other shootings to call or text the department's confidential tip line at (716) 847-2255.

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