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MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -- Two people were injured Friday afternoon after a shootout in Middletown sparked by an argument over money, a witness told 9 On Your Side.

Butler County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers said the shooting happened at 12:17 p.m. in the 700 block of 16th Avenue.

Deputies said 22-year-old Shawn Palmore of Middletown went to 16th Avenue to confront 26-year-old James Russell at his home. A witness at the scene, Cherie Jackson, who described herself as Palmore's sister, said the men were arguing over money.

Jackson said she heard about the confrontation and drove to the scene to intercede.

"I don't think it would have happened if I was right there," she said. "I could have got my kids to go in the house and I could have got my brother to...I don't know...it's like a dream."

During the confrontation, guns were pulled and the two men opened fire at each other, authorities said. Palmore received a minor head injury and was taken to Atrium Medical Center where he was treated and later taken into custody.

Deputies said Russell's mother, Diane Moon, was struck in the shoulder during the shooting. She was also taken to Atrium Medical Center for treatment.

The incident is still under investigation. Both men were arrested.

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