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Man Shot Execution-Style In Broad Daylight In Midtown

Witnesses Say Nobody Saw The Shooter: 'It Was Like The Guy Never Existed'
Police respond to the scene of a fatal shooting on West 58th Street on Dec. 10, 2012. (credit: CBS 2) Police respond to the scene of a fatal shooting on West 58th Street on Dec. 10, 2012. (credit: CBS 2)

Police respond to the scene of a fatal shooting on West 58th Street on Dec. 10, 2012. (credit: CBS 2) Police respond to the scene of a fatal shooting on West 58th Street on Dec. 10, 2012. (credit: CBS 2)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The suspect wanted in a deadly Manhattan shooting Monday afternoon is still on the loose.

Authorities said the incident happened just before 2 p.m. in Midtown at 58th Street between Broadway and Seventh Avenue.

WCBS 880′s Marla Diamond reports

The victim was shot execution-style in the back of the head in front of 202 West 58th St. — near the St. Thomas Choir School, according to authorities.

Police have identified the victim as Brandon Lincoln Woodard, 31, of Los Angeles.

Brandon Woodard (Photo: Facebook)

Brandon Woodard (Photo: Facebook)

As Woodard was walking down the street, the gunman walked up behind him, pulled out a semi-automatic silver pistol, and fired a single shot into the back of his head. The gunman then got into a waiting grey Lincoln MKZ and drove off, 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported.

“It was one loud shot, we all flinched. We all looked down the block. We didn’t see nobody running from the scene. It was like the guy never existed,” witness Benny Harris told CBS 2′s Dick Brennan. “Whoever did it got away clean.”

“No one saw the person that did it,” another witness said. “Whoever did it…he was a ghost.”

“He wasn’t dead right away. He was still shaking, and that’s when I called the cops,” UPS worker David Mirambeau said.

Some residents said even though they live in a city where anything can happen they were taken aback by what they saw on Monday.

“We’re used to too many cars, too many trucks, not too many bullets,” resident Alice Kenner added.

“It’s scary. It’s scary for our neighborhood here,” resident Farouk Abirafeh added.

Woodard was rushed to Roosevelt Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival, the hospital said. CBS 2′s Brennan, citing authorities, reported Woodard has a criminal record.

Police were reviewing surveillance camera footage from the area and believe they have a picture of the gunman, Jones reported.

“The detectives are talking to potential witnesses and we’re also looking at video. But right now, the only description we have is a male black, undetermined age, with a black coat and hood with khaki pants. But we’re continuing to canvas for more witnesses and videos in the hopes of identifying the shooter,” NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne told WCBS 880.

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