79-Year-Old Shot Dead in Brooklyn: Stray Bullet Might Have Been Cause

By Alex Johnston
Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 25, 2013 Last Updated: February 25, 2013
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79-year-old shot dead: An elderly man was shot and killed in Brooklyn—possibly by a stray bullet—on Sunday. The man was rushed to a hospital but was pronounced dead.

People wait for the subway at a stop in Brooklyn on December 5, 2012. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

People wait for the subway at a stop in Brooklyn on December 5, 2012. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Police said a 79-year-old man was shot and killed—possibly by a stray bullet—in Brooklyn on Sunday, it was reported.

Authorities said that James Jackson was found dead with a bullet in his neck at his Bushwick apartment on Gates Avenue at around 2:25 a.m., the New York Daily News reported. His girlfriend, who is blind, called for him from the bedroom area, but when he did not respond, she called for help.


“She said she couldn’t wake him up,” his neighbor, Joyce, who did not provide her last name, was quoted as saying by the Daily News. “He was lying on the couch slumped over. It’s horrible.” Joyce told CBS New York: “He was laying in the couch in a puddle of blood.”

Jackson, who had nine prior arrests—mainly during the 1990s—was then taken to Woodhull Hospital, but was pronounced dead. According to AM NY, his arrests include for a controlled substance, forgery, and driving without a license.

His girlfriend was not considered a suspect. Police are still trying to figure out where the shot came from, and if Jackson was the target or not. There were also no signs of a forced entry into his apartment, the building’s superintendent told the Daily News.

Jackson’s girlfriend, who wears a hearing aid, told Joyce that she could not hear anything. “She wears a hearing aid, and when she goes to bed she don’t have her hearing aid on,” Joyce told CBS.

Residents said they were shocked with his death.

“Why would anyone harm him? It would take him 20 minutes to walk down the block,” Jackson’s neighbor, Vaughn Grandy, told NBC New York.

There have been no arrests made in the case and an investigation is ongoing.

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