A teenager was arrested in Hillsborough, New Jersey, after three homes were hit by bullets

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A Hillsboro teenager faces three counts of attempted murder for allegedly shooting up three homes in the township earlier this month.

Ryan VanderMeer, 18, also faces two counts of second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, two counts of second-degree unlawful possession of a handgun, and three counts of third-degree wanton endangerment of another person, Somerset County Prosecutor John B. said. MacDonald said.

VanderMeer, who was being held in the Somerset County Jail awaiting a Superior Court hearing, is accused of shooting into three homes during the evenings of Sept. 3 and 5.

The prosecutor said the three homes were occupied at the time of the shooting, but no injuries were reported.

Police said that between 10:15 and 10:45 p.m. on Sunday, September 3, the rear sliding glass door of a residence on Robin Road was struck and shattered by a low-caliber bullet.

During the same time, the second floor wall of a home on Brookside Lane was struck by a low-caliber bullet, police said.

Two days later, at about 8:29 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 5, the rear sliding glass door of a residence on Gateway Boulevard was struck by a medium-sized bullet, police said.

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An investigation by the Hillsboro Police Department and the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Major Crimes Unit identified VanderMeer as the suspect, McDonald said.

A Superior Court search warrant was executed Tuesday on Vandermeer’s residence, from which several firearms and ammunition were seized that will be sent for further ballistic testing, MacDonald said.

Anyone with information in the investigation is asked to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office at 908-231-7100, the Hillsborough Township Police Department at 908-369-4323, or via the STOPit app. Information can also be submitted through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.

Email: mdeak@mycentraljersey.com

Mike Dick is a reporter for mycentraljersey.com. To get unlimited access to his articles on Somerset and Hunterdon counties, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.

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