Man Shot in Broad Daylight in NYC a Complex Victim
Brandon Lincoln Woodard gunned down on busy Midtown street
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 12, 2012 9:42 AM CST
This 2009 photo from the Hermosa Beach, Calif., Police Department shows Brandon Lincoln Woodard.   (AP Photo/Hermosa Beach PD)

(Newser) – It was a shooting that made waves: A Los Angeles man visiting New York was gunned down in broad daylight on a busy Midtown Manhattan street Monday. Police are piecing together a portrait of the victim and the crime, and the picture that's emerging is a complex one. The latest, per the New York Post and New York Times:

  • The victim, Brandon Lincoln Woodard, 31, was known as a club promoter who liked to party and who had 20 arrests on his record, some of them drug-related ... but he also happened to be in law school at the University of West Los Angeles, and had an upcoming final.

  • He flew to NYC on a one-way ticket Sunday, and reportedly planned to fly back to LA on Monday; he had asked his mother to pick him up from the airport at 8pm ET ... but he left his bag at the front desk when he exited the hotel just after 1pm, apparently intending to return.
  • Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says Woodard had three phones with him; one in his bag and two on him.
  • Hours before his death, Woodard "looked scared and afraid of something" while eating breakfast at a nearby diner, the cashier recalls. "He was always looking over his shoulder" while eating.
  • Surveillance video shows the killer waited for him for 20 minutes outside his hotel. When Woodard finally exited, he appears to have looked at the hooded shooter before turning around and continuing to text. The assailant shot him in the head from close behind before being whisked away by a getaway driver.
  • Kelly says it's possible Woodard was lured out of his hotel.
  • Police don't think the couple who rented the getaway car were involved, though they may have loaned the car to someone who was.
  • The gun had also been used in an unsolved 2009 shooting in Queens.

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Dec 12, 2012 1:42 PM CST
aint drugs fun! nice job guys no bystanders down scum off the street!
Dec 12, 2012 11:49 AM CST
I hope that all the kids out there can learn a valuable lesson from this: pay your drug debts.
Dec 12, 2012 10:50 AM CST
Before anyone calls me an "anti-gun nut", let me state that I own one. I have a license to carry one. The only time I've used it is at a practice range however, and I pray I will never have to use it against another person. I keep it only for self defense or the defense of my loved ones. I believe every adult should have that right. Hunters have the right to own hunting rifles. HOWEVER, I don't believe that people should be allowed to obtain machine gun types of weapons that were designed to kill as many PEOPLE as rapidly as possible. Armor piercing bullets should also be banned.