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2 friends shot while trying to break up fight in Buckhead Trader Joe's parking lot, police say

Both victims that had been hurt had non life-threatening injuries, according to police.

ATLANTA — Officers are investigating a double shooting that they said broke out in the parking lot of Trader Joe's overnight.

It happened as police said the two shooting victims tried to break up a fight. 

According to Atlanta police, officers responded to the parking lot of the store off Peachtree Road near Buckhead Village just before 3 a.m. after getting reports of a shooting.

When they got there, they found one man shot in his stomach in a side parking lot. Officers found a second man shot to the leg a short distance away. Both were taken to the hospital for treatment and are expected to survive their injuries. 

Early information from police appears to show that the two victims -- who police said are friends -- were trying to break up a physical fight they had witnessed, when one of the people involved in the fight pulled out a gun and shot the pair.

The person who opened fire then ran off from the scene and is not in custody, police said.

Photos from 11Alive photojournalist Nicholas DiVaccaro showed police tape around one of the entrances to the store, with several bystanders lined up against the tape.

Police are now investigating the circumstances of the shooting, but so far, there is no word on a suspect description.

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