Dad in clown mask shot at while chasing daughter through neighborhood

Dad in clown mask shot at while chasing daughter through neighborhood

Police say the girl was so terrified she jumped into a stranger's vehicle and then into a stranger's apartment on Saturday night, according to Fox6. Meanwhile, the woman called 911.

This is not the clown mask used in Saturday's incident. Santiago admitted that he fired off a gunshot into the yard close to the building to scare Barrett Jr.

The terrified 6-year-old then exited the vehicle and ran into someone else's apartment in an attempt to get away.

It is not clear whether the man was under the influence when he chased his daughter around the neighbourhood.

Barrett was arrested for child endangering and inducing panic.

Barrett said he opted for frightening his daughter instead of spanking her because of what her mother had done, the station adds. He said she was having behavioral issues at school and home, but the little girl's mother had recently went to jail for stepping on her and breaking her ribs.

His family defended his actions though, saying that fears of a resurgence of creepy clowns following the release of the movie It had heightened his alarm.

False alarms prompted by the reports led to police warning against would-be jokers dressing as clowns.

The family looked out the window and saw the girl's father wearing the clown mask.

The fact that it was a clown chasing the girl probably exacerbated the situation, the psychologist added. "In general, we want to be a source of safety rather than fear for our kids".

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