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Fatal Shooting Near Midtown Manhattan School

Monday, December 10, 2012

crime scene, police, police tape (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Authorities say a man has been fatally shot outside of a midtown Manhattan school. The suspect got away in a car driven by a second person.

The shooting occurred just before 2 p.m. Monday near 58th and Broadway, outside the Saint Thomas Choir School. It's just blocks from Columbus Circle and Central Park.

Police spokesman Paul Browne said the victim, who was shot once in the back of the head, was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The victim was identified by the police as Brandon Woodard, 31, from Los Angeles, California. The police say a gunman approached Woodard from behind, fired and then fled in light colored car.

Witness Jose Villafane was working security across the street and says he heard a sound like a firecracker and saw a man on the ground with blood on his face.

A school receptionist says no boys were at the school at the time.

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Comments [1]

RETIRED DETECTIVE

Read somewhere victim was an Asian, and hooded perp off in a gray Lincoln, if sedan then typically a town car of which many exist as livery vehicles doing biz in NYC. Must have been a stolen vehicle if a hit, if auto found then will be fingerprinted all over with its blackbox analyzed. Victims DNA and prints being analyzed now with detectives panning out if they already know his I.D. re instant FBI data search match. Also checking Lincoln DMV data bases re stolen vehicles incl. recent repaints, and all livery drivers. Someone with a cell phone camera may have taken photos, with surveillance video cameras in area biggest bonanza ... like in London EVERYWHERE.

Dec. 10 2012 04:43 PM

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