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4-Year-Old Girl Injured In Shooting (Video)

| by Michael Doherty

Two men were arrested after a shooting in an Arizona strip mall that injured a 4-year-old girl on April 10.

The shocking video (below) shows the store window in a Phoenix suburb being shattered by gunfire, which nearly hits the young girl. The girl, who suffered minor injuries from the broken glass, was taken to a hospital and is expected to be OK, according to KTLA.

The men who were arrested have been identified as Michael Hart, 23, and Rafael Santos, 21. According to investigators, Hart was getting a tattoo at a nearby shop when he fell asleep in the chair. The tattoo artist reportedly told Hart to come back when he wasn't high, according to the East Valley Tribune.

After the argument at the tattoo parlor, Hart reportedly went out to his car and grabbed a gun, which he allegedly fired into the barber shop next door. The gunfire narrowly missed the girl, who was sitting and watching cartoons.

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"Investigators believe that the shooter was outside in the parking lot," said Chandler Police Sgt. Daniel Meija. "We believe that the intent was to shoot towards the tattoo shop but ended up striking the business which is right next door, which is the barber shop."

According to KAVU, Hart was arrested for possession of a weapon by a prohibited person, endangerment, discharging a firearm and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Santos was charged with endangerment and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, along with other charges, AP reports.

"I heard five gunshots go off in a row and then heard a woman screaming and a baby crying as well," said Michelle Cohrs, who was in another business in the strip mall during the shooting. "I was extremely scared."

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In a similar story a week earlier, a gun fight sent stray bullets into a home in Sandusky, Ohio, narrowly missing a father and his children, WJW reports.

Todd Nestor, a father of six, said one of the stray bullets went through his bedroom wall and landed on his pillow.

"I can't believe how close this came to hitting me in the head," he said. Other bullets from the April 4 shooting reportedly went into Nestor's son's room, and into the living room, where two of his daughters were asleep.

Ken Nixon, a detective for the Sandusky Police Department, described the shooting, which happened just outside of Nestor's home. The suspected shooter, Travion Wright, has reportedly been arrested for felony assault.

"Two men were in the car and they were arguing," said Nixon. "The suspect made the victim get out, and then he fired about nine shots at him."

Nestor said he felt grateful and lucky that he and his family were not hurt from the bullets.

"I will be at church Sunday," he said. "I'll never miss another."

Sources: KTLA, AP via U.S. News, WJW, East Valley Tribune, KAVU / Photo credit: Peretz Partensky/Flickr / Video credit: KNXV/YouTube

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