Condition improves for Columbia Taco Bell shooting victim; no arrests yet

The manager of a Columbia Taco Bell shot several times outside his restaurant earlier this month has been upgraded to fair condition at University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, according to a shock trauma spokesperson.

Gary M. Graham, 42, of Columbia, was flown by medivac to shock trauma and placed in critical condition on Nov. 11 after he was shot several times in the torso outside of the Taco Bell he manages.

According to police, around 12:50 a.m. on Nov. 11 Graham and unidentified employee 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.

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.

Shortly after the incident, 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."

Police are urging anyone with information to call 410-313-STOP.

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