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Target practice appears to be to blame for reports of gunshots in Hanmer yesterday

Police found shell casings and items for target practice outside residence; gun seized but no charges laid so far
Greater Sudbury Police assist in loading children onto buses and watching as guardians pick up children from St. Anne Catholic Elementary School in Hanmer on the afternoon of Dec. 17 after reports of gunshots near the school. On Dec. 18, police report that people shooting at targets near the school is the likely cause of the gunshot reports. (Len Gillis/

It appears some people shooting targets in Hanmer yesterday are to blame for reports of gunshots near St. Anne Catholic Elementary School on Dec. 17.

Late Thursday afternoon, reports of the sound of gunshots near St. Anne School began trickling out on social media. Officers were dispatched to the area to both canvass the neighbourhood to find the source of the gunshot reports and to help school staff load children onto buses for home. Officers remained on scene while guardians picked up their children from the daycare centre as well.

GSPS officers also shut down Capreol Road from Côté Boulevard to MR84.

Police quickly determined there was no threat to the school.

This morning, Greater Sudbury Police tweeted that officers located shell casings and items used for target practice outside a residence yesterday while investigating reports of gunshots in the community.

“Officers spoke with people from the residence and located a firearm inside the home,” GSPS tweeted this morning.

The gun and casings were seized by police.

No charges have been laid at this time, but the investigation is continuing, police said.