79-Year-Old Shot Dead: James Jackson The Victim Of A Stray Bullet?

By Jason Van Hoven on February 25, 2013 9:57 AM EST

A 79-year-old man was shot dead in his Brooklyn apartment early Sunday possibly because of a stray bullet, according to the New York Daily News.

James Jackson, the 79-year-old man shot dead, of Bushwick, was found by his wife Diana Gayles, 69, who is legally blind and hard of hearing, at 1 a.m. when she noticed he hadn't come to bed yet.

Metro reported that she then made her way to the couch in the living room where Jackson normally sat and tried to wake him up. She felt a wet spot on the couch that she thought might have been spilled soda.

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However, when she couldn't wake him, CBS New York reported that she called a neighbor, who arrived and immediately saw Jackson was slumped over and bleeding. Gayles then called 911 at 2:24 a.m. reporting an unconscious man at 1091 Gates Ave.

Cops arrived to find that the 79-year-old Jackson was shot in the neck, and he was rushed to Woodhull Hospital where was pronounced dead at 3:09 a.m.

The superintendent of the building where Jackson lived said that there were no signs of forced entry to the apartment.

Police said it was uncertain where the shot was fired from or if Jackson was the intended target.

His girlfriend is not considered a suspect.

Jackson had nine prior arrests, most from the 1990s, for charges including drugs and forgery, police said. His last incident was in 1996.

No arrests have been made and an investigation is ongoing.

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