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As new peacemaker group comes to Buffalo, violence in city continues through weekend

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On a night where downtown Buffalo hosted a giant rubber duck, Kanye West, and superheroes at Coca-Cola field, other areas of the city fell victim to violence.
The Buffalo Police are investigating two overnight shootings.

A 21 year old Buffalo male was struck in the leg by gunfire on Orleans Street and Westminster Avenue at a party just before 2:40 a.m.

By 3 a.m., police responded to a call about a 25 year old Cheektowaga male who was wounded multiple times by gunfire, before walking to Warwick Avenue.

Both victims were transported to Erie County Medical Center. Neither incidents were fatal.

Meanwhile, a young Buffalo boy remains in critical condition at Women and Children's Hospital after he was shot in the head Thursday night, in what is believed to be a gang related incident.

A group calling itself 10,000 Fearless Men and Women Peacemakers are responding to the violence in hopes of establishing a chapter of their organization in Buffalo. Yesterday, they marched along Fillmore Avenue to send a message of peace and love. Organizers say their presence in the community will deter people from acting foolishly.The group specializes in conflict resolution and self-defense.

Nick Lippa leads our Arts & Culture Coverage, and is also the lead reporter for the station's Mental Health Initiative, profiling the struggles and triumphs of those who battle mental health issues and the related stigma that can come from it.