Three Independence officers placed on leave after shooting 2 men at Dollar General

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- Two men were shot by police Tuesday night at a Dollar General store in Independence, officials say.

Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting at a Dollar General in Independence.

Independence Police spokesman John Syme said the shooting occurred Tuesday night at the Dollar General on 23rd Street near Westport Road after police were called to the store around 5:40 p.m. on a report of armed person.

Witnesses told FOX4's Robert Townsend the man was waving a gun around and yelling at customers to not come to the store. Minutes later, witnesses said they heard at least five gunshots.

The second man, who police said was also armed with a gun, allegedly works at a gas station next door to the Dollar General, witnesses said.

The two men shot were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, Syme said. No officers were injured in the incident.

By Wednesday morning, one of the two people hit was released from the hospital. The other is in stable condition.

The three officers who were directly involved were placed on administrative leave per the department's policy while Independence Police Department's Criminal Investigations unit investigates.