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Taco Bell manager shot in Howard County

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The search is on for the suspects in a shooting that injured the manager of a Howard County Taco Bell.

Police were called to the Taco Bell in the 7100 block of Minstrel Way in Columbia at 12:50 a.m.Sunday. According to those close to the investigation, the night manager was taking out the trash when he noticed two people loitering near the dumpsters.

Investigators say after confronting the victim, the two gunmen fired, striking the manager several times. The victim was able to make it back inside the store, where employees called for help. Shortly after, he was medevaced to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Employees at the Taco Bell location were stunned and saddened by what happened to their friend and co-worker. None would speak on-camera, but they told ABC7 the injured night manager was a well-liked, single man in his 30s.

As a surviving witness, the manager's identity is being protected by the police.

Amran Pasha owns the gas station next door.

"I mean it's sad...Howard County is a very safe place to live in and run your business...," Pasha said.

Columbia resident Carl Schlaich added, "Very unusual. I haven't heard of problems like that around here at all. That struck me as being very odd."

Police say a motive is unknown at this point in their investigation.

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