An argument between two men sparked a physical altercation before one shot the other inside a Hiram Home Depot store this morning, May 3, the Paulding sheriff's office reported.
Deputies "quickly" took one man into custody and the victim was transported to an area hospital following the 8:47 a.m. shooting at the retailer at the corner of U.S. Hwy. 278 and Depot Drive.
Paulding deputies and Hiram Police officers responded to a report of a shooting that took place inside the store and took the shooter into custody without incident, the sheriff's office reported.
"Detectives later learned that a verbal altercation began in the Garden Center between two males that previously knew each other," the report stated.
"The argument then spilled over into the store which is where it got physical. Once it got physical, one of the males fired a lone shot, striking the victim in the torso."
The victim then was able to go to the store's Customer Service Center for help.
"At this point we do not know what led up to the altercation but do know that the two individuals involved knew each other prior to the incident," the report stated.
"Neither party involved was an employee of The Home Depot and no one else was injured during this incident."
The Paulding sheriff's office will provide more information as learns more about the incident, it stated.
The store is located within a heavy concentration of shopping centers, retailers and restaurants facing the county's main thoroughfare in Hiram in eastern Paulding.