Brandon Woodard, Would-Be Rapper from L.A., Murdered in Daylight 'Hit' in NYC
Google Maps The area of the shooting.
The Daily News says Woodard had a young daughter. The paper also reported he has a criminal record. NY1.com said his record includes a cocaine-possession arrest and a hit-and-run conviction.
Fox 11 reported that Woodard claimed to have been roughed up by pop singer Usher's bodyguards in 2004 and that two women once called the LAPD to claim they had been taken to Woodard's place in what they described as a kidnapping.
The station said the LAPD determined it wasn't a case of kidnapping and gave the pair a ride back to Hollywood.
Fox said that at the time of the Usher claim Woodard said he was a law school student.
The station expressed some doubt that he still is, though the Times reported that Whittier Law School confirmed he had been enrolled there, apparently recently.
Woodard's dad told the paper he transferred recently to West Los Angeles Law School -- perhaps the University of West Los Angeles - School of Law.
Motive was a mystery as cops in New York continued to investigate.
[Update at 2:22 p.m.]: An acquaintance who did not want to be named disputed reports stating that Woodard was an aspiring rapper, saying he did not want a career in hip-hop.