MIDTOWN (PIX11) – A 31 year-old Los Angeles man was walking by Columbus Circle towards Carnegie Hall just before 2 p.m. Monday, when a gunman calmly walked up from behind, pulled out a silver handgun and fired one shot into the back of his head, police said.
Witnesses say the victim, identified as Brandon Lincoln Woodard, was bleeding from his nose, eyeball and mouth as the gunman continued to walk less than 100 feet to the corner where a gray car was parked with a driver waiting inside – and took off. Woodard, who has a daughter, was rushed to a local hospital nearby where he died. Police at the scene said the gunman was a black man of unknown age, and had been wearing a dark colored jacket and hood along with khaki pants. The getaway car is believed to be a late model Lincoln MKZ. Police say no words were exchanged prior to the shooting, and that the killer took nothing from the victim, whose iPhone lay next to him as he lay bleeding on the ground.
Woodward has a criminal record including a relatively petty incident in 2009 when he stole wine bottles from a market in Hermosa, CA, which sparked a chase through Redondo Beach. According to published reports, he ended up “quietly turning himself in at a courtroom.” Another report tonight says that since the incident, according to the victims’ father, the 31 year-old enrolled in law school with the intention of becoming a lawyer.
The shooting took place right outside a dormitory for the St. Thomas’ Boys Choir, none of the students witnessed the execution. Police were pulling surveillance video from several cameras on the street including right on top of where the execution was carried out. One police source said the cameras show the gunman had been on the block for some time. It’s unclear how the killer knew Woodward would be walking east on 58th street towards 7th avenue at that particular time or what motivated the shooting.