Dad in clown mask shot at while chasing daughter through neighborhood

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BOARDMAN, Ohio - Vernon Barrett Jr. was trying to discipline his daughter when he put on a clown mask and chased her through a Boardman, Ohio neighborhood, police said.

As Barrett chased his 6-year-old daughter, police said she jumped into a stranger's car and then ran down the street and into a stranger's apartment.

The girl screamed to the family in the apartment that a clown was chasing her.

When the family looked out the window and saw a man wearing the clown mask, police said Dion Santiago fired a gunshot into his yard, missing the masked man.

The child was not injured.

It is unclear what the child did to warrant being disciplined.

Barrett is charged with child endangerment and inducing panic, a police report said.

Santiago is charged with using weapons while intoxicated.

Lea Wilson with Click2Houston.com contributed the content in this story.

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