Three people were injured after two gunmen began shooting at each other in a McDonald’s lobby on Harding Boulevard near Southern University just after 12 a.m. Friday, Baton Rouge police said.

The incident began when a man started arguing with a group as they were walking from the parking lot into the restaurant, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a Baton Rouge Police spokesman. That man began shooting at them while he was still outside, and continued firing as he walked indoors, McKneely said.

At that point, an armed customer who was not part of the group that had been arguing, pulled out his handgun and fired at the first shooter, striking him in the leg and rear, McKneely said.

Both shooters then ran out of the restaurant and fled, McKneely said. The initial shooter checked into Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center with injuries that weren’t considered life threatening.

Two unarmed men who suffered gunshot wounds in the incident also were admitted to Our Lady of the Lake with injuries that weren’t considered life threatening, McKneely said.

The initial shooter will be booked into Parish Prison when he recovers, McKneely said. Police have declined to identify the man’s name until he is booked.

McKneely said police are seeking the shooter who wasn’t injured and fled the McDonald’s following the incident.

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