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Police suspect LA man was lured into NYC ambush

Posted: December 11, 2012 2:43 p.m.
Updated: December 11, 2012 2:43 p.m.

This still image made from a video provided by the New York City Police Dept. shows the gunman, left, behind Brandon Lincoln Woodard pulling the weapon from his jacket pocket a moment before the shooting.

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Police say the victim of a brazen ambush on a midtown Manhattan sidewalk may have been lured there before the killing.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Tuesday that Brandon Lincoln Woodard was walking back and forth and checking his phone for messages before a gunman walked up and shot him in the head.

Kelly said security video indicates the unidentified shooter had been waiting in a car parked on the same block at least a half hour before the gunfire erupted. The car fled the scene and was last seen going through the Midtown Tunnel toward Queens.

The killing occurred Monday on West 58th Street near the Time Warner Center.

Authorities say the 31-year-old Woodard had prior arrests in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

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