Police in New York City have yet to identify a suspect in execution-style shooting of Brandon Lincoln Woodard earlier in the week, but are investigating whether or not the victim was lured to the location. Law enforcement sources told the New York Post that Woodard may have received a text message instructing him to walk towards Manhattan's West 58th street.
The shooter's getaway car has also been found, authorities said Wednesday (Dec. 12).
Video surveillance of the tragic incident shows Woodard walking by the shooter's car, then returning after receiving a text message, or a phone call. The shooter walked up behind the 31-year-old shooting him in the back of the head at close range, before calmly walking back to his car and driving away, enforcing the notion that he may have been a hit man. “In addition to the way he makes himself virtually invisible in the street, right as he points the gun at [Woodard's] head, he turns away as if he's anticipating blood spatter,”a source said. “In one fluid motion, it's just ‘bam!' into the car, then out.”
Yesterday police picked up a 40-year-old Queens man believed to have information on the shooting. The man was taken from his home to the Midtown North Precinct, where he was interrogated, before being released. “The cops apologized to him. My son is home. He didn't do anything. He is innocent,” revealed that man's mother.
Police also interviewed a woman who spent time with Woodard before he was killed. The two watched a NFL game at his hotel and went out to dinner, according to Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. Investigators are looking into three phones that the father to a 4-year-old daughter had in his possession when he flew to New York. At the time of his death, two phones were found on his person, while the other was in his luggage at his hotel. It is believed that the killer arrived to the crime scene 30 minutes early in a car rented by a woman.
Described as a “gentle and generous” man, Woodard's family released a statement expressing their disbelief in sorrow over his death. “There are no words to express our shock and sadness in the face of our family's horrendous tragedy. We eagerly await justice for Brandon,” read the statement.
Authorities in Los Angeles and Las Vegas revealed Woodard had criminal record in both cities. He was due in court in Los Angeles on Jan. 22.
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