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NYPD ‘questioning people continuously’ in shooting of L.A. man

New York City police are continuing to question several people who may have information about the suspect who gunned down a Los Angeles man this week as he was walking down a busy Manhattan street.

Brandon Woodard was killed Monday afteroon by a man who pulled out a 9-millimeter pistol and shot him at close range in the back of the head. The suspect then stepped into a Lincoln sedan, which unhurriedly departed the scene and slipped into New York traffic without notice.

"We are questioning people continuously," said an NYPD spokesman. "We didn't have anybody in custody, nor do we have a suspect or a person of interest."

New York police detectives also flew to Los Angeles to look for clues.

The NYPD investigators are seeking information on Woodard's background and his associates, several law enforcement sources told The Times.

So far, police said they don't have a clear motive for Monday's shooting and hope the Los Angeles trip will shed more light on his recent activities, sources said.

On Wednesday New York police found the getaway car used in the brazen slaying.

NYPD Officer James Duffy confirmed the Lincoln was found in Queens. The car, which was parked and unoccupied, will be examined for evidence and towed to a police facility, Duffy said.

The vehicle had been rented, he said.

The New York Times reported that police had identified one of two suspects in the shooting. Anonymous sources cited by the newspaper characterized the suspected driver of the getaway car as "a low-level criminal from Queens." Sources told the Times they believe the gunman had a similar background.

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