(NEW YORK) — The hunt for New York’s Columbus Circle killer took on a new impetus Tuesday as police released surveillance video showing the killer moments before he calmly walked up to Brandon Lincoln Woodard and put one bullet from a silver colored handgun into the back of the Los Angeles man’s head in full view of holiday shoppers.
The video confirms the details of the hit man’s calculated wait for his victim as first reported on ABCNews.com on Monday.
“In the video, the gunman wanted in the shooting death yesterday of Brandon Lincoln Woodard, 31, of Los Angeles, is seen 10 minutes before the shooting,” Deputy Commissioner for Public Information Paul Browne said in a statement Tuesday.
Woodard, who is described by police as linked to the hip hop part of the Los Angeles entertainment industry, was strolling down 58th Street near the southern end of Central Park when he was gunned down.
“The shooter, who appears to be bald and may have a beard, exited a late model Lincoln sedan, initially bare-headed, but soon pulled the hood of his jacket over his head. Ten minutes later, at approximately 2 p.m., the shooter walked up behind Woodard and fired,” Browne said.
In a grainy still image also released, the gunman is seen behind Woodard a moment before the shooting, pulling the weapon from his jacket.
Just before he was shot, Woodard turned “instinctively almost,” then turned back to his portable electronic device, police told ABC News.
Sources tell ABC News that Woodard was arrested in 2009 in connection with a robbery in California.
Woodard was raised in Los Angeles’ Ladera Heights neighborhood and attended the private Campbell Hall High School, they said. He attended college and law school at Loyola Marymount College in Los Angeles, law enforcement sources and friends said.
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