79-Year Old Shot Dead, Stray Bullet To Blame?

    February 26, 2013
    Amanda Crum

A 79-year old man was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment on Sunday, and police are trying to figure out exactly what happened.

James Jackson was found with a gunshot wound to the neck after his wife–who is blind and wears a hearing aid–reported to a neighbor that she couldn’t wake him. Neighbors say he had no enemies and investigators found no evidence of a break-in, prompting them to believe he might have been the tragic victim of a stray bullet. Jackson’s wife would have been asleep at the time without her hearing aid, making it plausible that she never heard the shot.

“She said, “Joyce could you come down here, I can’t wake up Tyrone”, he was laying in the couch in a puddle of blood,” a neighbor said.

Jackson is described by those who knew him as a kind man who was quick to help anyone who needed it.

“He was a good person,” said neighbor Eric Turner, 47. “If you needed something, he’d always give it to you.”