Chandler police make arrest in Monday's shooting at a strip mall

Posted: Updated:
(Source: Chandler Police Dept.) (Source: Chandler Police Dept.)

Chandler police have made an arrest in a shooting at a strip mall on Monday.

Police say 23-year-old Michael David Hart has been taken into custody. 

Hart was arrested without incident at a residence in Mesa.

This residence is in close proximity to Dobson High School and, as a result of the police activity in the area, the school was placed on lockdown.

Hart is accused of opening fire around 11 a.m. Monday at a strip mall on Alma School Road between Ray Road and Chandler Boulevard.

[ORIGINAL STORY: Man sought in Chandler tattoo shop shooting that injured child, police say]

Hart fired a gun multiple times after an apparent dispute with employees at a tattoo shop, according to Chandler police.

"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."

Sgt. Mejia said a child was struck by debris while sitting inside the barber shop.

"Investigators believe that the shooter was outside in the parking lot," said Sgt. 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."

Police said the child is younger than 10 years old.

The child was hit by glass debris and was transported to Chandler Regional Hospital with very minor injuries, Sgt. Mejia said.

"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 inside a chiropractor's office in the same shopping center. "I was extremely scared."

Police said nobody was hit by bullets.

[Raw video: Police briefing on Chandler strip mall shooting]

[Raw video: Witness describes Chandler strip mall shooting]

[Google Map: 590 N. Alma School Rd.]

Copyright 2017 KPHO/KTVK (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • Social Connect

  • Contact

    AZ Family