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Brazen Midtown shooter still loose; police identify victim

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A man was shot in the head and killed near the intersection of  Seventh Ave. and West 58th Street in Manhattan, authorities say.

The suspect got away after reportedly walking up behind the victim and shooting him once in the back of the head with a silver handgun just before 2 p.m.  The victim, identified as 31-year-old Brandon Lincoln Woodard, of Los Angeles, fell to the sidewalk in front of 202 West 58th Street, just across from the Engine 23 firehouse.

One man who was crossing the street at the time of the shooting described the sound as similar to a tire popping.


“I saw blood coming down the face (and) he was laid out,” the witness told PIX News.

Woodard was pronounced dead at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital.

Authorities said the shooter, dressed in a dark coat with a hood and khaki pants, jumped into the passenger seat of a gray or silver vehicle and drove eastbound on West 58th St. before turning south on 7th Ave.

A police investigation is ongoing.


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