A horrifying scene unfolded in Chandler, Arizona, on Monday when gunfire shattered the glass window of a store, nearly hitting a 4-year-old girl.
Chandler police have released a video taken at the barbershop located inside a strip mall.
Before her brush with death, the young girl is seen prancing around in her pink outfit at her grandfather’s barbershop, then taking a seat in a chair in front of the store’s large window.
Moments later, the window exploded after shots were fired right above her head.
According to police documents, the shots were fired from the parking lot and were intended to hit the tattoo parlor located next door, but narrowly missed the little girl by inches before she ran away in a panic.
Sergeant Daniel Mejia told reporters the young girl had been struck by glass debris while sitting inside and was taken to Chandler Regional Hospital with minor injuries.
Authorities claim that the shooting stemmed from an apparent dispute between one of the suspects and an employee when he entered the Damaged Ink Tattoo parlor, allegedly drunk, at around 11 a.m. Monday. The parlor’s owner reportedly told him to come back after he had sobered up, which led to an argument.
“When officers arrived, they learned that the barbershop behind me was struck multiple times by gunshots,” said Sgt. Daniel Mejia. “This was subsequent to an apparent argument between at least one male suspect and the employees at the tattoo parlor.”
“I heard five gunshots go off in a row and then heard a woman screaming and a baby crying, as well,” said a witness on the scene. “I was extremely scared.”
CBS 5 reports that two men have been arrested in connection with Monday’s shooting.
Michael David Hart, 23, and Rafael Santos, 21, are facing a number of charges, including discharging a firearm, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, endangerment, and possession of a weapon by a prohibited person.
— Chandler Police (@ChandlerPolice) April 12, 2017
Police also reported that no one was hit by the bullets.
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