COLUMBIA, Md. (WJZ) — Masked men gunned down a Taco Bell manager right outside his Howard County restaurant. Now police are releasing new details on the disturbing attack.

Meghan McCorkell has the latest on the investigation.

Gary Graham, 42, is still fighting for his life at Shock Trauma after he was shot multiple times early Sunday morning.

Investigators say two masked men hid behind a dumpster in the Taco Bell parking lot. Just before 1 a.m., Graham–the Taco Bell’s manager–was told of a suspicious person outside. He and another employee went into the parking lot to check when one of the gunmen opened fire, hitting Graham multiple times.

The shooting happened right next to a busy strip mall.

“It’s surprising because usually this area is calm. There’s no incidents like that ever happening,” said Aaron Lee, who works nearby.

Investigators hope someone noticed something that could lead to the gunmen.

“They both had their faces covered during the incident so that makes it a little bit challenging to identify them,” said Sherry Llewellyn, Howard County Police spokesperson.

Police are reviewing surveillance camera footage from the area but at this point, they won’t say if it’s provided any clues.

“Our detectives are canvassing the area. They’re talking to business owners, anyone who might know something, who might have seen something,” Llewellyn said.

Meanwhile, people who live and work here are on alert.

“This is pretty shocking that it’s this close to where we’re working and so it does give me a sense of danger,” said David Choi, who works nearby.

At this point, police do not have a motive in the case. They haven’t been able to talk to Graham, because he’s been in and out of surgery since he was shot.

Police are now offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case.


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