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Man accused of shooting at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Holderness

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A man was arrested Friday night after police say he fired shots at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Holderness and allegedly threatened to burn the building down.

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About 7 p.m., Holderness police said 37-year-old David Patrell of Ashland fire a few shots at the building off of Route 3. There was nobody inside the building, police said, and Patrell was the only person there.

A friend of Patrell reported that he was threatening to burn down the facility. Police said a gas can was found outside the building, but it's not clear if gasoline was dumped inside the hall.

Patrell was taken into custody without incident when officers arrived, and he's being held without bail. He's facing possible charges of attempted arson and several felony counts of reckless conduct with a firearm.

Investigators are looking into motive but said they don't have enough information currently to indicate whether it may have been hate crime-motivated.

The state fire marshal's office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is assisting in the investigation.

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