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Shooting Victim May Have Been Lured to Midtown, Police Say

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Police say the victim of a brazen ambush on a midtown Manhattan sidewalk may have been lured there before the killing.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Tuesday that Brandon Lincoln Woodard was walking back and forth and checking his phone for messages before a gunman walked up and shot him in the head. Kelly added that Woodard saw the shooter.

"It appears that he looks over his shoulder, gets a glimpse of the shooter, does not appear that he recognizes him, turns his head forward and that’s when he’s shot in the head," he said.

Kelly said security video indicates the unidentified shooter had been waiting in a Lincoln SUV parked on the same block for at least a half hour before the gunfire erupted. The car fled the scene and was last seen going through the Midtown Tunnel.

The killing occurred Monday on West 58th Street near the Time Warner Center.

Authorities say the 31-year-old Woodard had 20 prior arrests in Los Angeles, but Kelly said he did not spend much time in jail.

Police say the same gun that was used to shoot Woodard was also used in a 2009 shooting in Queens.

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Ellen Brecher from NYC

Radio Rookie Bree Person, her family and the RR producer did an incredible piece on Sickle Cell Anemia. No doubt if everyone could hear the program contributions for research would increase enormously. She's given reality to a condition that most of us know only as a name of a painful but distant disease. Her spunk, lack of self pity and generosity of spirit are remarkable.

Dec. 11 2012 05:19 PM

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