A 21-year-old bystander was shot during an altercation involving two other men outside of a convenience store in Columbia on Saturday evening, Howard County Police said.
Officers responded to the Sam’s Mart in the 5800 block of Stevens Forest Road for a reported shooting about 6:37 p.m. and found the wounded man — who police said was exiting the store when he was struck by a bullet.
The victim, of Columbia, who was not identified, was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore with injuries that were not considered life-threatening, police said.
A preliminary investigation suggested that the two men “were involved in an altercation outside of the store when one man pulled out a handgun and fired multiple shots at the other,” police said. “Investigators believe the intended target was not hit, but a man exiting the store was struck once.”
The identity of the two men involved in the altercation is unknown, police said.