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Gunmen fired nearly 60 shots at houses, wounding 1 in New Jersey

Two Somerset County men are facing attempted murder charges in two shootings on consecutive nights in December in which a combined 57 shots were fired at homes, leaving one person wounded, police said Thursday.

Rome Cruz, 20, and Christopher Williams, 23, both of the Somerset section of Franklin Township, blasted away at the homes on Dec. 30 and 31, according to the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.

In the first shooting on Dec. 30, authorities say 27 shots were fired toward a Barker Road residence at 4:30 a.m., but no one was hurt. The next night, another 30 shots were fired at a home in the area of King Road shortly before 2:30 a.m.

The second shooting left a resident with a leg wound, authorities said. He was treated and later released from a local hospital.

Cruz and Williams were both arrested Wednesday on attempted murder and weapons offenses. Williams was also charged with resisting arrest.

Both men are being held in the Somerset County Jail pending detention hearings.

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