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Brandon Woodard Shooting: Gunman sought in murder of Calif. man on busy NYC street, NYPD says

Police secure a sidewalk during the investigation of the scene where a man was fatally shot in the back of the head on Dec. 10, 2012, in New York
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(CBS/AP) NEW YORK - Police are now searching for the gunman who is suspected in the Monday slaying of a California man near Central Park.

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The victim is identified as 31-year-old Brandon Woodard of Los Angeles. Police said he was fatally shot in the head in broad daylight around 2 p.m. ET.

Police spokesman Paul Browne said the gunman came up behind Woodard and fired what appeared to be a silver semi-automatic pistol, striking him once. The suspect then walked into a waiting Lincoln sedan and fled.

Woodward graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 2003 and attended Whittier Law School in California, according to his family.

Police said Woodward had prior arrests in Los Angeles but no further details were given.

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