- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. (AP) - Two men have been charged with firing shots into a northern New Jersey church that was the site of a Revolutionary War battle.

Ridgewood police announced the arrests of 22-year-old village resident Alexander Norrell and Joseph Galli, 21, of Somerville, during a news conference on Tuesday. But they declined to discuss a possible motive for the shooting, citing the ongoing investigation.

Galli, who is in custody in North Carolina, is charged with criminal mischief and four weapons charges, including possession of an assault firearm.

Norrell, who faces two conspiracy counts, was notified of the charges in the Bergen County Jail, where he’s being held on earlier drug and weapons charges. He’s being held there on $105,000 bail.

Both arrests were made Monday.

Ridgewood officials said at least 30 shots were fired into the Old Paramus Reform Church on the Sunday after Christmas. No one was in the building when the shooting occurred, but authorities have said the church’s stained-glass windows and some of the roof’s tiling were damaged by the shots.

The incident frightened congregants and people who live near the structure.

A battle was fought in 1780 on the current church’s site.

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