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RICHMOND, Va. -- On Tuesday, around 6 p.m., police responded to a call for shots fired at a Richmond Food Lion.

Police said a fight broke out and a man was found shot between the Family Dollar store and the Food Lion in the 5600 block of Hull Street. He has been transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to police.

The shooting took place in the parking lot where unsuspecting witnesses saw and heard the altercation unfold.

The young innocent eyes looking on uneasily began asking mom and dad a lot of questions. "I heard like boom, boom, boom, boom.  I really didn't understand what was happening," said eight-year-old Franklin McElroy.

Franklin McElroy

Franklin McElroy

The confusion and chaos for was something the youngster had never seen before.

"It was kind of scary,” said Franklin. “I wanted to get in the trunk and hide."

It was a scene that has left a lasting impression on the young boy in a short amount of time.

"All the shootings around here just getting higher,” said Franklin.

Food Lion shooting

Other shoppers agreed with Franklin, saying their tired of all the gun violence.

"These days everybody is ‘lick-shotty,’” said Stephen Thomas. “They can't take a lick, so they pull out a gun."

Richmond police said this shooting appears to be an isolated incident. "You have people coming here to buy groceries and things of that nature, but this appears to be isolated and because of an altercation," Richmond Police Capt. Darrell Goins.

Police are asking the public to contact Crimestoppers at 780-1000 with any info about the shooting. They want to know if anyone was spotted leaving the crime scene.

The Food Lion in the 5600 block of Hull Street is where a man was stabbed in the mouth, in August.