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Brandon Woodard Update: Cops release image of gunman, victim Woodard, moments before NYC midtown assassination

In this surveillance image released by police, investigators say a suspect can be seen walking up behind his victim moments before firing a fatal shot.

NYPD via CBS New York

(CBS/AP) NEW YORK - A surveillance image released by New York City police shows 31-year-old Brandon Lincoln Woodard just moments before he was shot and killed execution-style on a Manhattan street in broad daylight Monday afternoon, reports CBS New York.

PICTURES: Calif. man executed near Central Park in NYC

Police say Woodard may have been lured to the area of 58th street between 7th Ave. and Broadway before the killing, near the Time Warner Center.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Tuesday that 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.

Authorities say the victim, Woodard, had prior arrests in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

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