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Troubled East Lovejoy bar closed following shooting


Buffalo Police have temporarily shut down an East Lovejoy Street bar following an early morning shooting Saturday.

It happened at the Checkmate Bar and Grill. Police say a disturbance that started inside the bar moved outside where a 32-year-old man was then shot. He was taken to the Erie County Medical Center in critical condition.

Lovejoy District Council Member Richard Fontana said there have been problems at the bar in the past. Neighbors say they want the Checkmate permanently closed.