Moment four-year-old girl narrowly escapes wayward bullets in Arizona drive-by shooting

Tom Powell

Shocking footage shows the moment a four-year-old girl playing in a barber shop narrowly escaped being shot by wayward bullets.

The girl was sitting on a chair by the window of the shop in Chandler, Arizona, when two bullets suddenly smashed the glass around her. They missed her head by inches.

The video, released by the Chandler Police Department, shows the petrified girl jump up and run around in a panic.

Police said she was hit by shattered glass and taken to hospital, but was not in a serious condition.

Narrow escape: the bullets just missed the girl as they crashed through the shop window (Chandler Police Department)

The alleged gunman, a man called David Hart, had allegedly been aiming at the tattoo parlour nextdoor in the attack on Thursday.

The 23-year-old had been told to leave by the owner because he was intoxicated, The Arizona Republic reported.

Instead of leaving, he is accused of getting a gun from his car, driving by and shooting at the parlour.

Chandler police later arrested him at a nearby home.