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This Hit in Broad Day Light Is Really Bothering Me

Pics bare chilling Midtown

  • Last Updated: 11:03 AM, December 12, 2012
  • Posted: 1:22 AM, December 12, 2012

The NYPD yesterday released a dramatic series of surveillance photos that show a killer about to gun down his unsuspecting target on a busy Midtown street.

Brandon Lincoln Woodard, 31, had just checked out of the swank 6 Columbus hotel near Columbus Circle when he was followed by the assassin on West 58th Street and killed near Seventh Avenue Monday afternoon.

The assassin escaped in a getaway car. Cops early this morning were questioning the couple who rented the car, The Post has learned, although investigators don't believe they were driving it — but they are looking at the possibility they may have loaned it to someone who then used it in the crime.

Earlier on that fateful day, the law student appeared nervous as he had what turned out to be his final breakfast, at the La Parisienne diner.

“He ate breakfast at the counter but he was always looking over his shoulder,” said cashier Dimitrios Drimalitis, 61. “He looked scared and afraid of something.”

1. A silver Lincoln MKX sedan pulls up along West 58th Street and parks in an open spot near Seventh Avenue. Wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, the hit man (circled) exits through the passenger door, looks around and paces back and forth next to the sedan. He's 20 minutes early and his victim, Brandon Woodward, 31, is still checking out of the swanky 6 Columbus hotel.

2. The killer pulls his sweat-shirt hood over his head. At about 1:15 p.m., Woodward walks east on the north side of West 58th Street and crosses Broadway. He checks his smartphone, as if looking for directions, and passes right next to his assassin, who is waiting for an opportunity to strike.

3. Woodward turns around and walks west. He glances over his shoulder at the hooded man but seems not to recognize the killer and keeps going. The assassin approaches from behind, pulls a gun and blasts Woodward at close range with a single 9mm shot to the head. The 31-year-old father crumples to the ground. The shooter enters the Lincoln sedan and is whisked away by his getaway driver.

Woodard returned to his hotel and then left at 1:15 p.m., possibly lured away by the killer and drawn into a trap, said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

“It’s certainly a distinct possibility,” Kelly said. “We are looking into that.”

Cops said Woodard was killed with a weapon that ballistics determined was also used in a 2009 shooting in which two men riddled a St. Albans, Queens, house with bullets. No one was hit.

“They never found out who did it’’ or why, said Eshe Warner, 24, whose late grandmother, Iris Warner, owned the home at the time.

“They just shot at the house — no one ever came in.’’

NYPD detectives went to Woodard’s hometown of Los Angeles yesterday as cops zeroed in on drugs as a possible motive.

“Because of his extensive criminal record, we’re looking into the possibility it was drug-related,’’ a police source said of the shooting. “We’re also looking into his ties to the entertainment industry. He ran a small promoting business, and the address comes back to his home. We’re looking to see who his clients were.”

A search of Woodard’s hotel room yesterday came up empty, a source said. After checking out of the hotel, the victim left his duffel bag at the front desk. He was supposed to return for it.

Police were examining the cellphone Woodard was using, apparently texting, just as he was shot.

Woodard arrived alone in New York on Sunday with a one-way airline ticket. He had dinner that night with a female pal he met six months ago in LA, she told cops.

Woodard, the father of a 5-year-old girl, last spoke to relatives Sunday, when he called his mother to say he’d be back in LA the next day.

“I’m hurt right now,” said the victim’s stepfather, Rod Wellington, speaking on behalf of the mother, who was too shaken to talk. “This is devastating.”

Woodard was one day away from a law-school semester final at the University of West Los Angeles, where he was a second-year student. He had a bachelor’s in business from Loyola Marymount University in LA.

Woodard was a hard-partying club promoter who often entertained at all hours of the night, said neighbors. He was frequently the subject of noise complaints over blaring hip-hop music.

He was charged with cocaine possession in California in June and had 20 prior arrests, for drugs, robbery, petit theft and leaving the scene of an accident.

Woodard pleaded not guilty on the coke rap, and was scheduled to be back in court next month.

In 2009, he was sentenced to three years’ probation after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge of hit-and-run driving in Torrance, in Los Angeles County.

In 2008, he stole items from two upscale markets in Beverly Hills and was slapped with a nine-day jail sentence and 200 hours of community service on two misdemeanor charges of grand theft.

Woodard also once claimed he was roughed up by bodyguards working for R&B superstar Usher.

His family said he had not had a formal job since starting law school — although he worked with his mother, Sandra McBeth-Reynolds, at her mortgage firm.

The firm, LA-based United International Mortgage, has been targeted by lawsuits for alleged fraud, breach of contract and collections.

“The number of people they burned, and people who lost their homes, is huge — their enemies list is huge,” Tonya Pinkins, a Tony Award-winning Broadway actress, told the Hollywood Web site

Pinkins — a former actress on the TV soap “All My Children,’’ who is the ex-partner of McBeth-Reynolds’ current husband, Wellington, said “she would sell properties to Brandon and then he would default on them.’’

Additional reporting by Frank Rosario, Jamie Schram, Pedro Oliveira Jr, Helen Kumari, Jennifer Bain and Genevieve Wong

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Reply #1 posted 12/12/12 11:02am



California law student visiting Manhattan gunned down in brazen daytime Columbus Circle attack

Brandon Woodard, 31, was rushed to Roosevelt Hospital, where he died. The 2 p.m. shooting near Saint Thomas Choir School left witnesses stunned. 'You could not even see anything on one side of his face. It was gone,' one witness said. Woodard's attacker fled in a waiting car.

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Published: Monday, December 10, 2012, 2:41 PM
Updated: Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 12:08 PM
Brandon Lincoln Woodard, seen here with an unknown little girl on his lap.


Brandon Lincoln Woodard was a law student at Loyola Marymount University.

A stealthy gunman murdered a 31-year-old man visiting Manhattan with a single shot to the back of the head Monday, then slipped away from the broad-daylight attack near crowded Columbus Circle.

The cold-blooded killer used a silver semiautomatic pistol in the shocking apparent hit in front of St. Thomas Choir School on W. 58th St. near Seventh Ave., police said.

Brandon Woodard, a law student with a criminal record who was visiting from Los Angeles, died at Roosevelt Hospital.

“This is a shock,” said the victim’s father, Lincoln Woodard, 72. “He was a very good son, loving.”


Sam Costanza for New York Daily News

Police officers arrive at the scene of the shooting near Central Park, Manhattan

The 2 p.m. attack frightened scores of shoppers and tourists on the clogged streets near Central Park. The victim was walking west on W. 58th St. when the attacker came out of nowhere.

“The shooter walked up behind him and shot him at close range,” said Paul Browne, the NYPD’s top spokesman. “He just walked up, shot him and walked away.”

The bold assassin then walked about 60 feet before hopping into the front passenger seat of a Lincoln MKZ sedan, which another person drove down Seventh Ave., Browne said. The crime was caught on surveillance video.

The victim had earlier checked out of the posh 6 Columbus hotel down the block, according to a receptionist, where suites cost $850 a night.

Woodard had a criminal record, according to police sources.


Marcus Santos for New York Daily News

Blood is visible on the sidewalk at the scene of the shooting near Columbus Circle.

He got in a scrap with a bodyguard for R&B star Usher at a Las Vegas concert in 2004 — accusing the bodyguard of giving him a wedgie so severe that he bled. “That was one of the more creative descriptions of getting thrown out of a place I have ever heard,” the bodyguard, Elijah Shaw, said Monday night. Woodard served time on a battery rap.

He was due in court on Jan. 22 in Beverly Hills on a felony cocaine possession charge, officials said. In 2009, he pleaded no contest to a felony and a misdemeanor hit-and-run charge, and in 2008 he pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor counts of theft for stealing from a Whole Foods and another upscale market. In 2009, he was wanted for stealing wine from a supermarket near Los Angeles. He led a chase into a neighboring town and escaped.

Despite his record, Woodard was currently enrolled at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles as a law student. A source said investigators are looking for possible connections to work he has done in entertainment law.


Marcus Santos for New York Daily News

Police examine evidence at the scene of the shooting.

Monday’s violence horrified Sadet Kolo, 36, who was skateboarding near the murder scene. “It came out of nowhere,” Kolo said. “I called 911 and told him ‘Hang on. Help is on the way.’ He was talking a little. Or trying to. He was alive for a good two minutes.” “Poor bastard. I didn’t even see a shooter,” he added.

With Shane Dixon Kavanaugh

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Reply #2 posted 12/12/12 6:09pm



I hate to hear of anyone being killed (or even dying of natural causes, for that matter). But a couple of weeks ago, New York went an entire 24 hours without a single murder for the first time in recent memory. I guess this city has a reputation to keep up. May Brandon Woodard rest in peace.

New York City Goes 24 Hou...out Murder


[Edited 12/12/12 18:11pm]

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