Jay Robinson had just collected his children from the bus stop in the 2600 block of Carrington when he saw the pair lingering near Hickory-Cove Road.
A green 1980s Pontiac pulled up with five men inside, and words were exchanged between the two groups, authorities and Robinson said.
"I heard two shots, then one man fell," Robinson said. "Then two more shots and the other one fell."
Robinson pushed his kids inside the house, then rushed back outside as he dialed 911. As he talked with dispatchers, he checked to make sure the victims were OK.
They were talking, saying, "Help me, I've been hit," Robinson said.
Robinson said he tried not to panic, "but I've never been in a situation like that before."
Sheriff's Lt. Calvin Chew said the victims, who were not identified Friday, suffered injuries to their buttocks and legs.
Their wounds were not considered life-threatening.
Investigators are still trying to piece together who did the shooting; the victims knew the gunman only by his street name, Chew said.
Robinson moved to this neighborhood of brick-facade homes for the peace and quiet south of Tobacco Road.
On New Year's Eve, however, it became a din of people firing their guns into the air, Robinson said.
He recognized the two victims Friday as kids he had talked to in the past and tried to mentor.
"I feel bad," Robinson said. "I always tell them to stay off the street."