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Police release surveillance video of suspect in fatal Manhattan shooting

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Police have released surveillance video of the suspect wanted in the execution-style slaying of a man near Columbus Circle in New York City at the height of the holiday shopping season Monday afternoon.

Police said Tuesday they were still searching for the gunman who walked up behind Brandon Woodard as he walked through busy midtown Manhattan and shot him in the back of the head outside a Catholic school just before 2 p.m.

Authorities have said they believe the shooting was planned in advance. The surveillance video shows the suspect 10 minutes before the shooting. He was seen getting out of a late model Lincoln sedan, shooting Woodard from behind and then getting back into the vehicle. The car, driven by someone else, sped away, police said.

Police also released a still photograph of the suspect walking up behind Woodard moments before he pulled the trigger.

Woodard, 31, was pronounced dead at the hospital. Shell casings for the silver semi-automatic weapon were found at the scene.

People on the street who heard the gunshot and saw the man fall ran to the firehouse on the block to get help.

"We all flinched because it was so close," said Benny Harris.

A native of Los Angeles, Woodard was most recently living in Chicago, according to public records. He lived in Yucca Valley and Playa Vista in California before that. It's not clear why he was in New York City. Police said Woodard had prior arrests in Los Angeles but had no other details.

Woodard's father told the Daily News he has a young daughter and was enrolled in law school.

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