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Shots fired through window of Ridgewood church

Photo Credit: Sean Slattery
Photo Credit: Sean Slattery

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Detectives were at the scene of the Old Paramus Reformed Church in Ridgewood trying to determine who fired dozens of rifle shots into the side of the building, several of which went through a stained glass window.

“There’s minimal damage inside the church but there are holes in the stained-glass window,” village Police Chief John Ward told CLIFFVIEW PILOT this afternoon. “It happened when no one was inside.”

There are no known motives or threats received by the Glen Avenue church or the pastor, he said.

The shots apparently were fired overnight Christmas evening into the morning of Dec. 26 into the more than 200-year-old building, the chief said. They were discovered this morning, he said.

Village police received a call of possible shots fired around 1:30 a.m. Friday from a block or so away, Ward said. Responding officers found nothing in the immediate vicinity of the call, he said.

The Bergen County Sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Identification collected evidence, joining village detectives at the scene.

“We are examining all avenues,” Ward said.

PHOTOS: Sean Slattery

CVP PHOTOS: Sean Slattery

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