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Drug raid nets man shot 3 times

Narcotics investigators found drugs and weapons Saturday after raiding the West Side home of a man who has survived being shot three times, most recently Wednesday, Buffalo police said.

One of the handguns recovered in the raid had been used in the most recent shooting of John A. Hunter, who apparently grabbed it from his assailant, police said.

Detectives executed a search warrant at 6:19 p.m. Saturday at Hunter's home at 348 14th St., breaking through the door to gain access, according to an arrest report.

Inside, detectives discovered two handguns and one shotgun stashed in various parts of the residence.

Police also found 10 small bags of crack cocaine and several loose rocks of crack cocaine on the kitchen, dining room and bathroom floors, as well as a bag and vial of marijuana.

Hunter is charged with criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of marijuana and criminal use of drug paraphernalia.

Two acquaintances -- Tyrone Hall, 31, of West Ferry Street, and Courtney Lamont, 25, of Wohlers Avenue -- are facing similar charges after being arrested during the raid.

The 32-year-old Hunter has been shot three times, all on 14th Street, in the past 22 months, according to police reports.

In the most recent case, he told police he was confronted by a would-be robber outside his home Wednesday afternoon and he was shot after struggling with the gunman.

Hunter was treated in Erie County Medical Center after the bullet wounded him in both legs. He told police Saturday that he had grabbed and kept the handgun used in that shooting but never told this to the officers originally investigating the shooting.

On July 15, Hunter was in his bedroom when he was shot after a woman at the residence let a gunman inside.

And on Jan. 6, 2006, Hunter was shot in his right shoulder while walking near 14th and Rhode Island streets.

The Buffalo News published an article Friday on Hunter's remarkable survival skills, and a copy of the article was found in Hunter's residence by detectives during the raid.

The raid and arrests were the work of Narcotics Unit Lt. Thomas Lyon, Sgt. Thomas Vivian and Detectives Edward Niemann, Joseph Martin, Johnnie Walker, Kevin Maloney, Joseph Cook, Sharon Acker and Daniel Redmond.


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