NYC visitor executed in broad daylight in Midtown; gunman still on the loose

Posted: 7:30 AM, Dec 11, 2012
Updated: 2012-12-11 11:03:04-05

A cold-blooded shooting in broad daylight in the middle of a crowded Manhattan street are three things you don’t expect to hear in the same sentence.

But, on Monday, police rushed to West 58th Street and 7th Avenue around two in the afternoon to find a man shot dead on the ground right outside the St. Thomas Choir School.

Police say 31-year-old Brandon Woodard from Los Angeles, California was walking down the street when a gunman came up from behind, shot him in the head, and kept walking.  It all happened so fast that no one saw who the shooter was.

Woodard was lying in pool of blood, and was pronounced dead a short time after the shooting.

Cops quickly checked out surveillance from nearby buildings and say the shooter simply shot Woodard and calmly walked away before hopping into the passenger seat of waiting silver car.

There are new details emerging about who the victim was.  Woodard had a troubled past in California with multiple arrests.  He was arrested for a hit and run, cocaine possession and robbery.  His family says he was turning his life around and had even enrolled in law school.

The family described Woodard as a proud father of four-year-old daughter who was a “kind, gentle and generous young man who was loved by friends, family and his community.”

So far, police have not released an image of the gunman only saying he is described as a black man wearing a dark jacket and khaki pants.