Yesterday, a man walking on 58th St. near 7th Avenue in midtown NYC was shot in the head and killed execution style. As details begin to emerge, we learn that the victim was Brandon Lincoln Woodard; a Los Angeles native and reportedly an aspiring rapper.
The New York Post reports that the 31 year-old Woodard had just left a hotel around 2pm when he was walking on West 58th St and texting. The triggerman ran up behind Woodard, shot him in the head, then ran into a waiting car, a "light colored sedan." Woodard, the father of 4 year-old, fell with blood spewing from his face in front of the St. Thomas Choir School at 202 W. 58th St.
Woodard was DOA after being rushed Roosevelt Hospital.
The nature of the shooting has lead authorities to believe this was a hit. Woodard, who NY1's sources say was an aspiring rapper, was charged with coke possession in California last year and has priors for robbery and petty theft. He also claimed to have been roughed up by Usher's bodyguard years ago.
The New York Daily News reports:
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.
However, relatives back West was back on the straight and narrow. According the New York Times, Woodard graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 2003 and recently transferred to the University of West Los Angeles Law School from Whittier Law School in California.
See photos from the crime scene and of Brandon Lincoln Woodard in the gallery.
Photo: NY Daily News, NY Post