Howard County Police are offering a reward of up to $2,000 to anyone who helps police identify the two men involved in the shooting of a manager of a Columbia Taco Bell shorty after midnight Sunday.
The victim, identified as Columbia resident Gary M. Graham, 42, was still in critical condition at University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center as of Tuesday morning, police said.
Police said detectives have been unable to speak to Graham, who has not been awake since the incident.
Police added Graham has been in and out of surgery since being flown to Shock Trauma by Medivac following the incident.
According to a news release, Graham was shot multiple times in the torso around 12:50 a.m. on Sunday after he and another employee, who was not identified, walked out of the restaurant, located in the 7100 block of Minstrel Way, to confront a suspicious person.
As Graham walked toward the area where the suspicious person was last seen, police said two men wearing masks appeared and one fired a gun at Graham.
The second employee, who was not injured, ran back inside the restaurant, police said.
Graham was able to make it back inside the Taco Bell, where other employees in the store called 911.
Police still have not determined a motive at this time.
A Taco Bell spokesman released the following statement regarding the shooting:
"This was a completely senseless crime that has shocked us all. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim and his family as he fights to recover. Our franchisee has fully cooperated with the police and encourages members of the community to come forward with any details that will help catch these thugs."
Detectives do not have descriptions of the suspects, as both had their faces covered. Police are canvassing area businesses, gathering any available information about the incident.
Police are urging anyone with information to call 410-313-STOP.