Midtown assassin caught on camera moments before executing Los Angeles man

Posted at 4:20 PM, Dec 11, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-12 00:55:10-05

Surveillance video shows a stealthy killer as he steps out of a gray car and waits on a busy Midtown St. for his target.  Wearing khaki pants and a dark hooded jacket, the killer’s face can be seen briefly before he — perhaps suddenly conscious of his task — covers his head with the hood.

What the video doesn’t show happened at approximately 2 p.m. Monday, as the killer waited on W. 58th Street between 7th Ave. and Broadway.  Brandon Lincoln Woodard approached, heading westbound on 58th St. and the shooter stealthily slipped behind him, pointed a silver semiautomatic handgun to the back of Woodard’s skull and fired a single shot, according to police.

MTN Homicide 12-10-2012 photo

The suspect in a shocking Midtown murder in broad daylight is captured by surveillance cameras

Woodard fell to the pavement, blood pouring from his eye, nose and mouth, his iPhone next to him.  His killer walked calmly to the corner where he hopped into the gray car — believed to be a late model Lincoln MKZ — and disappeared into the afternoon traffic, heading east on West 58th St.

Paramedics took Woodard to St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital where he was pronounced dead.


Brandon Lincoln Woodard was visiting NYC from Los Angeles when he was shot. He had recently enrolled in law school, according to his family

Visiting from Los Angeles, Woodard had an arrest record that included cocaine possession, robbery and a hit-and-run, but his family says he was turning his life around and had even enrolled in law school.  He leaves behind a four-year-old daughter.

No arrests have been made in the case, and police have only been able to describe the suspect as a black male who appears to be bald and may have a goatee.