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Shooting death adds to Parkdale Avenue home’s history of trouble

Buffalo police homicide detectives continue to investigate the fatal shooting of a 34-year-old Buffalo man late Tuesday evening outside a rental property on Parkdale Avenue that has long been the source of complaints to city and police officials about suspected drug activity and other problems.

Anthony J. Johnson, who was shot just after 11 p.m. Tuesday in front of 302 Parkdale, was pronounced dead less than an hour later in Erie County Medical Center.

Dennis J. Richards, chief of detectives, said the victim had no connection to a gathering apparently taking place in the house.

A Parkdale Avenue resident who spoke to The Buffalo News on condition of anonymity said residents of the street have been complaining to the out-of-town owner of 302 Parkdale and to police and city officials for a number of years about questionable activities at the property.

The resident said that since 2007, there has been a series of “very serious and very dangerous situations occurring” there.

“This property has been a constant source of trouble for the neighborhood,” the Parkdale resident said, and since 2010 has been the scene of “a kidnapping, a Molotov cocktail, multiple gunshots” and drug and weapons arrests of a revolving group of tenants.

“Since February 2007, there have been 73 calls made to the Buffalo Police Department regarding incidents at this property, including drug dealing, drug possession, the kidnapping incident in November 2011, loose animals, burglary, noise complaint, domestic violence and weapons,” the resident said.