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Two men critical after shootout at Family Dollar in southwest Atlanta

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Two men were in critical condition Wednesday after a shootout at a Family Dollar in southwest Atlanta.

So far, police have not released their names or the content of their argument, which led to the shootout Tuesday. And both men fled the scene before officers arrived.

The shooting happened shortly before 5 p.m. at the Family Dollar at 2615 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy., according to Atlanta police. Investigators said the two men got into an argument inside the store.

“Subsequently, both individuals produced handguns in the parking lot and shot at each other,” police spokeswoman Officer Kim Jones said. Both men were struck, and both left before officers arrived, police said.

Police did not provide any details on how the men left the scene or where on the body they were shot. It's also unclear if the two knew each other or how many people witnesseed the shooting.

The first call to police, indicating shots had been fired, came around 4:40 p.m., according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A second call was placed minutes later, indicating there was an injured person at a nearby fire station on Hollywood Road, the paper reported.

A third call came in a few minutes later, saying there was a injured person near an apartment complex in the 100 block of Dogwood Drive, a couple of miles away. Both men were transported to Grady Memorial Hospital where they were in critical but stable condition Wednesday, Jones said.

A request was made for homicide investigators to respond to the Family Dollar and detectives discovered the scenes were connected, police said. It's unclear how many shots were fired during the incident or what type of weapons were used.