BUFFALO, N.Y. — Buffalo Police have made an arrest in the Allentown shooting that left a 37-year-old man dead earlier this month.
Police arrested Jeremy Wright, 30, and charged him with second-degree murder. He was arraigned in Buffalo City Court Saturday morning. He is being held without bail.
Saleem Merukeb of Buffalo was shot on Nov. 3 outside of Frizzy's Bar at 140 Allen Street. The shooting happened just before 1:30 a.m.
His father attended the arraignment and said Marukeb has two children he leaves behind.
"No parent should ever have to bury their child you know? I think that's the worst thing," Fred Marukeb said. "It's the worst thing that any parent could experience. I just can't imagine never seeing my son again for the rest of my life."
Police say five shots were heard by witnesses outside Fizzy's. Investigators told 2 On Your Side that two men got into an altercation in the street, it led to a fist fight, then Wright allegedly got a gun, came back and shot Saleem Marukeb multiple times.
Fred Marukeb said his son had an aggressive personality but tried to walk away from the fight and was trying to turn his life around.
Buffalo Police said Saturday morning that the city's safe camera program was key because surveillance video helped lead to Wright's arrest.
"It does seem like it was just a ridiculous altercation, Somebody said something, it turned into a street fight. And unfortunately as we've seen all too often, it elevated to the level of a tragedy," said Buffalo Police Lieutenant Jeff Rinaldo.
Wright was sent to jail without bail and faces a felony hearing before Judge Martoche on Nov. 16, at 9:30 a.m. If convicted, Wright faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison.
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