Execution-Style Murder of Brandon Woodard in Midtown Manhattan Reportedly Result of Cocaine Deal Ripoff

Brandon Woodard executed in Manhattan
Brandon Woodard, Visiting from Los Angeles, Fatally Shot in Head Outside St. Thomas Choir School

We previously reported that Los Angeles law student Brandon Woodard was gunned down in broad daylight in an execution-style shooting in midtown Manhattan. DNAinfo reports that the brazen and mysterious assassination of was the result of a massive drug deal gone wrong.

DNAinfo:  Law enforcement sources said that the killers — believed to be part of a Queens drug crew — paid “a substantial amount of cash,” but never received their shipment of cocaine from the West Coast and were fed up waiting for it.

Woodard was lured to his death on West 58th Street near Seventh Avenue where he was shot in the back of the head in broad daylight.

Sources said the federal Drug Enforcement Administration has joined the probe, considering the bicoastal aspects of the slaying, and its ties to other violence and murders.

“It is really not a homicide investigation,” one source said. “It has become a major narcotics case involving a big operation and substantial money, perhaps millions of dollars.”