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Man shot dead outside school near Columbus Circle, Central Park; shooter driven away in car

A man has been shot dead outside a school near Columbus Circle and Central Park, and police say his killer has escaped in a car driven by someone else.

The shooting occurred Monday afternoon outside the Saint Thomas Choir School, a small boarding school for boys on a fairly quiet street between two busy avenues.

New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne says the victim was shot once in the back of the head and was pronounced dead at a hospital. He says the victim appeared to be from outside New York.

Witness Jose Villafane was working security across the street and says he heard a sound like a firecracker and saw a man on the ground with blood on his face.

A school receptionist says no boys were at the school at the time.

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