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Gunshot wound to head leaves man in critical condition

A 21-year-old Buffalo man is in critical condition in Erie County Medical Center after being shot once in the head early Wednesday morning in his driveway on the first block of Mohr Street.

An unknown gunman fled the scene after shooting Arthur Parsons, who was standing near his yard on the first block of Mohr in Buffalo. Parsons’ mother and other neighbors reported that they heard one shot but did not see anything.

Parsons’ sister, Shakiyla Johnson, reported that the day before her brother was shot, he told her that a few days earlier, some men had tried to kill him.

Parsons filed a police report May 1, stating that while he was standing in a driveway on the 100 block of Brinkman Avenue, a blue SUV drove by, and a gunman inside fired one shot out of a window and struck him in his foot.

Parsons was treated in ECMC. Now, he is back there in the trauma unit.

Johnson, who moved out of Buffalo 10 years ago and now lives in Florida, said she was concerned about the behavior she had noticed her brother exhibiting on social media.

In their conversation the day before he was shot in the head, Johnson told him he “wouldn’t last long” if he continued down his path.

“I told him, ‘you’ve got to be careful,’ ” Johnson said via telephone Thursday. “Things are different now; you’re older now. It’s not a game. It’s not a fight.”

She said she and Parsons grew up on Broadway. She said he developed an edge because he was teased growing up for having a stutter.

Part of a status he posted May 15 reads, “Death before disloyalty the golden rule.”

He posted a status May 19 saying those who know him should not cry when he dies because he will have gone “out blazing” like a gangster.

Johnson and Parsons have gotten back in touch in the past year after she lost contact with much of her family and friends in Buffalo. She said he had recently gotten out of prison.

After they reconnected, he called her every day. Johnson said Parsons is protective of his family and is funny and loyal.

“Growing up in the streets, in the ’hood, anytime somebody is loyal and cares about you, that’s what you love about them,” Johnson said. “People don’t have time to think about anybody other than themselves. That’s not like him at all.”


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