Police are looking for whoever shot and killed a man who sources say was an aspiring rapper from Los Angeles on a Midtown street. NY1's Michael Herzenberg has the story.
Police say just before 2 p.m. Monday someone walked westbound on 58th street towards Broadway and shot Brandon Lincoln Woodard, 31, at close range in the back of the head.
"It was like a small little pop," said Jose Villafane who heard the gunfire and saw the victim sprawled out on the sidewalk. "Sounded like a firecracker more or less."
Locals and tourists were shocked after the deadly shooting occurred one block from Columbus Circle and Central Park in the middle of the afternoon.
"That's unbelievable," one man said. "I was here with my family 15 minutes before that happened."
Investigators say the shooter turned around and got in a light silver or gray Lincoln MKZ that was waiting with a getaway driver who escaped south on Seventh avenue.
Sources confirmed to NY1 that detectives believe the gunman had been waiting for his target.
Witnesses rushed across the street to a firehouse and at least one first responder ran back to help.
"He performed everything he could on him," Villafane said.
But they couldn't save him.
"It was deadly quiet," one man said. "The ambulance went in and brought the body. By then police were all over the scene."
This all happened right in front of the St. Thomas Choir School. Some children from the boarding school were inside at the time.
It's unclear if any of them saw the commotion. We saw them walk single file back inside later being told not to look at the crime scene.
"I just wonder how people can be that sick in their heads," a woman said.
Cops canvased the area, questioning store owners and checking buildings for surveillance cameras.
The victim has a criminal record that includes a charge for cocaine possession and guilty pleas for a felony and a hit and run .
Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.