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  • 12 December 2012, 0:36

Manhattan 'Hit' Suspect Caught On CCTV

The victim of a brazen ambush on a midtown Manhattan sidewalk may have been lured there before the killing, police say.

New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said on Tuesday that Brandon Lincoln Woodard was walking back and forth and checking his phone for messages before a gunman walked up and shot him in the back of the head.

Mr 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.

Police have appealed for help to find the man security footage shows pulling a gun from his pocket just moments before killing Mr Woodard with a single shot.

The unidentified suspect sped off in a getaway car as the 31-year-old lay in a pool of his own blood.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said it "was not a random thing as far as we can tell".

Witnesses described hearing what sounded like a car backfiring before seeing Mr Woodard on the ground with blood pouring out of his face.

"It came out of nowhere," Sadet Kolo told the New York Daily News. "I turned around and saw a man next to me, on the ground. I called 911 and told him 'Hang on. Help is on the way.'"

"He was bleeding bad," Mr Kolo added. "Blood was gushing out of his eyeball, his nose, mouth, everywhere. He was talking a little. Or trying to. He was alive for good two minutes."

The suspect was believed to be bald with a beard, wearing a dark coat with a dark hood and combat trousers, and escaped in a light grey or silver Lincoln sedan.

Police said Mr Woodward had prior arrests in Los Angeles and the NY1 news website reported he had faced cocaine possession and hit and run charges.

His family said he graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 2003 and had attended Whittier Law School in California.