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BB Gun Shooting in West Newton

2012 April 9
by Chuck Tanowitz

According to a posting on the Franklin School Listserve, a landscaper was shot by a BB while working in a yard on Sheridan Street. The post says:

On Saturday Afternoon 4/7/2012 we had landscapers […] cleaning the front of our house [on Sheridan Street].  At around 3:30 pm one of his workers was shot with a BB gun in the back.  This pellet penetrated so deep that he will require surgery to remove it.  The Newton Police are investigating.


Based on where the man was standing when he got shot – the shot had to have come from Cleveland/Smith Ave area.

Anyone with information is asked to call Newton Police.



7 Responses Post a comment
  1. Jerry Reilly permalink
    April 9, 2012 11:33 AM

    “Landscaper shot by BB in Newton” – was that from the <a href=""Onion crime log?

  2. Hoss permalink
    April 9, 2012 12:00 PM

    If this is confirmed, it ranks as one of our most disturbing criminal acts. I don’t even want to approach the question “why”. To think a lawn worker would return home and let the family know he was shot at in Newton… sickening.

  3. Joanne permalink
    April 9, 2012 12:26 PM

    It is true as it happened at our house on Saturday Afternoon. Hopefully they will find the person that did this before they try to do it again. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Newton Police.

  4. Kim permalink
    April 9, 2012 04:49 PM

    Keep your ears open in school. No chance these kids don’t brag about this.

  5. Hoss permalink
    April 9, 2012 05:10 PM

    Kim — Kids? They the ones bothered by lawn guy noise in West Newton?

  6. Ashley Studley permalink
    April 17, 2012 03:45 PM

    So from what the Newton Police tell me, the pellet hit the back of the victim’s leg and penetrated the skin. It had stopped bleeding by the time police arrived, and he refused medical treatment. Police say there’s no indication he was targeted. If someone knows otherwise, please contact me so we can get to the bottom of this., or 781-344-8216. Thank you!

  7. Ashley Studley permalink
    April 17, 2012 05:05 PM

    Update: Amid reports the landscaper is infected by whatever is lodged in his leg, police tell me he never had the object removed. That being said, they can’t confirm if it was in fact a BB pellet or maybe a rock ejected from a landscaping tool.

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