Moments before fatally shooting California tourist Brandon Lincoln Woodard in midtown yesterday, the alleged killer exits a grey sedan, flips up the hood on his sweatshirt and calmly walks toward his victim, according to a video released by the NYPD this morning.
In a security camera photo still also released this morning, the killer is seen standing behind the left ear of the victim, and appears to be drawing a gun from a pocket in his sweatshirt.
Woodard, 31, of Los Angeles, was shot once in the back of head as he walked along West 58th Street between 7th Avenue and Broadway. The shooter then walked calmly back to the car, and an accomplice drove off.
Law enforcement officials described the shooting as a “hit,” but no clear motive has emerged. Woodard had been arrested several times in California on robbery, burglary and shoplifting charges. He also is said to have links to the entertainment industry. He attended college at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles.
Here is the security camera video, taken moments before the homicide: