UPDATED 3:20 P.M.: Gunfire Rattles Sudbury Neighbors

The following information was supplied by the Sudbury Police Department. Where arrests are mentioned it does not indicate a conviction.

Bob Abrams, a representative for J.P.Bartlett Co., Inc., has issued the following statement:

"The Sudbury Police Department and (Lt. Scott) Nix said to me they have made no determination where the shots came from on Tuesday morning.

"The facts from Tuesday are the Sudbury Police Department made no determinations where the shots complained of came from.

"They acknowledged it could have come from other parcels of property. There’s a large parcel to the west of Codman Drive and the police department says it could have come from there.

"Nix has been very specific with me about that fact."

Lt. Scott Nix has also issued the following:

"In further clarifying the circumstances surrounding the report of gunfire please accept the following. 

"Several reports of gunfire were received prompting our response to the north side of Sudbury. Original reports began coming in from the Marlboro Road area but eventually the sound and continued reports led us to believe the source was possibly coming from a parcel of land south of Codman Drive given a previous incident of target shooting involving a particular parcel.  We could not locate any vehicles nor persons involved in the target shooting therefore we could not definitively determine the exact area of origin. Additionally, an officer walked a considerable part of several parcels in the area and could not find any indication of target shooting.

"In speaking with a representative one of the parcels, he indicated no one who has permission to use the land for target shooting was doing so on Tuesday morning.

"The recent incident resulted in a number of residents from the area who called and/or came to the station to express their continued concern for target shooting in the area from any property. We explained there are currently no applicable statutes/bylaws that would allow us to restrict target shooting on the parcel possibly in question and the owner ensures us they are doing so in a safe responsible manner.  We will continue to investigate instances of reported gunfire in an attempt to determine its origin and circumstances."


The Sudbury Police Department would like to clarify some facts in relation to the report of the gunshots reported near Codman Drive.

The parcel of land is in fact south of Codman Drive and is currently a non-residential piece of property.

A representative of that property told police he knows all of the people who have legal permission to use the property for target shooting and none of them were target shooting on Tuesday.

"There is no law or restrictions to stop that type of behavior," Lt. Scott Nix said.

Below is the original story.


The Sudbury Police Department was flooded with numerous calls late Tuesday morning from Marlboro Road residents who reported hearing gunfire, Lt. Scott Nix said.

Responding officers determined the gunfire was coming from a parcel of property off nearby Codman Drive.

The continued investigation revealed a homeowner on Codman Drive was doing some target shooting.

Nix said the target shooting was deemed legal.

In other police news from Tuesday:

  • A Boston Post Road resident reported hearing glass breaking from the first floor of the residence. Responding officers found a glass instrument that had broken, but could not identify what the instrument was.
  • A car parked in the lot of a Boston Post Road business was found with a door open. Responding officer found nothing suspicious.
  • Officers were dispatched to Landham Road for a two-car accident. The Sudbury Fire Department was called to assist with minor injuries to the drivers. Both refused treatment. One car was towed from the scene.
  • A motorist driving on Nobscot Road was cited for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and a marked lanes violation. Officers had responded to the scene after receiving a report of a one-car accident and found the car in the woods. The car had to be towed.
  • A student's iPhone was reported stolen at Curtis Middle School. The case is under investigation.
  • Detectives are investigating a report of check fraud at Middlesex Savings Bank.
  • Officers were dispatched to Boston Post Road for a report of a suspicious male walking on Route 20 with a backpack. The male had crossed into Marlborough when officers arrived.
Tele Gram May 06, 2013 at 11:44 PM
Nicely written.
R. Dubey May 07, 2013 at 12:07 AM
Jen I don't need a thesaurus to talk down to you, it's really quite easy when your opponent is a fool. It doesn't matter where you're from, you don't like guns either, I can tell this from your statement (Gotta love 6:00am gunfire). You live in a rural place, in upperstate New York, what the hell did you think you'd hear? Common sense laws? You don't know what that is, as you have no idea of the far reaching implications of the "common sense" laws you don't understand.
In the Name of the Children May 07, 2013 at 06:08 AM
Sadly, you're not Princess of Sudbury, so who cares what you deem "acceptable" or "appropriate"? If you want change, start with yourself...watch your kids. Tell them to avoid that property because they shoot guns and guns scare you. Go talk to Mr & Ms Abrams face to face...drop your pretentious BS and alarmist litigiousness. Remember they've been there forever and only recently was your pod of McMansions crammed near their land. Invite them for a walk on their shooting range or for a coffee at their office or your house. Then, to their face, ask if they could please stop shooting because you and the 5 other McMansions' residents are scared of "semi-automatic gun fire". Be prepared for rejection; attempt to negotiate predictable shooting times so you feel more "in control". Your last resort will be to learn about guns. Your firearms ignorance may be endearing to, say, a humanities professor at Smith, but right now it's preventing you from having a reasoned dialogue. Your opinions about guns seem media-driven and hysterical - this ignorance is unnecessary. Maybe skip a couple Bikram yoga classes and take a basic firearms safety course. Go to a shooting range - if you're too shy to go with a friend then go alone. A range officer would walk you through basic gun handling and safe use. If you do ANY one of these things, you'll feel better. Plus, your kids will learn how to become more civil, humble and proactive. Please evolve, for the sake of your children.
Tele Gram May 11, 2013 at 01:54 PM
They should run for Selectman!
Tele Gram May 11, 2013 at 01:56 PM
My children have no "fear" of sounds. They have been to the range, and it is just a sound. Some might even call it the sound of liberty. It is refreshing and soothing.


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