LUDLOW, Mass. (WWLP) – Neighbors on Cady Street in Ludlow woke up to the sound of gunshots Sunday morning.
David Morton told 22News, it all started around 12:45AM. “My wife woke up, woke me up, five shots were going off and a lot of screaming and yelling,” he said.
Next door neighbor, John Pollard, told a similar story. “I heard four pops and then a fifth, and it woke us up,” he said.
Ludlow Police Sgt. Brian Shameklis told 22News the shooting occurred in the parking lot of the Open Door Café early Sunday morning.
A man was sitting on the passenger side of a white BMW, when another man approached the car, and started shooting at it. The victim was rushed to the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. 22News learned just after 6 P.M. Sunday that the man had died from his wounds.
The suspect was gone by the time police arrived.
Pollard said he usually hears noises coming from the bar on weekends, but these noises were different. “We’ve heard noises before, but this was in a succession of loud bangs when the gun went off, and it was pretty rapid. The last one went off after the rest, it was out of sequence. It woke me and my wife up, and my wife’s hard of hearing,” he said.
David Morton and John Pollard told 22News incidents like this have been happening at the bar for years. “It’s very concerning to all of the neighbors. There’s people laying in the road out here, coming out of the bar drunk, and nothing’s being done about it,” he said.
The Open Door Cafe was taken over by new owners a year and a half ago.
When asked about the shooting, general manager Pedro Almeida told 22News he can’t speak on behalf of what the bar was like before he started working there, but said they’ve made several changes to improve the atmosphere over the past year and half. “”This is the first major incident police have been called to at our bar since we took over a year and a half ago. We hope the neighbors have noticed an improvement in the atmosphere and patrons since then. We’ll continue working with police every day to try and better the environment. We’ve even asked the police to drive by every weekend, around closing time, to avoid problems like this,” he said.
Almedia also said they have a good relationship with the police, and stay in constant contact with them.
He said the bar will continue operating as normal.