A 79-year-old was shot dead in his Brooklyn apartment on Sunday. On Feb. 24, the New York Daily News reported that James Jackson was found at his Gates Ave. apartment in Bushwick with a bullet wound in his neck. Sources said that police do not believe Jackson's girlfriend is a suspect. Police are investigating this crime but as of now, it looks like a random shooting.
"There were no signs of forced entry to the apartment, the building’s super said. Police sources said they were unsure where the shot was fired from or if Jackson was the intended target," reports the New York Daily News.
The 79-year-old who was shot dead had been arrested nine times in the past. Most of the arrests were in the 90's and the charges included drugs and forgery. With these incidents being over two decades old, police don't believe that any of them played a role in his death. Police believe that Jackson may have been the victim of a "stray round."
Jackson's girlfriend (who is blind) called for help after calling for Jackson and not getting a response. He was "slumped over" on his living room couch according to the report. It is unknown if Jackson's girlfriend heard any gun shots.
The 79-year-old shot dead is just the latest innocent death by gunfire. These random shootings have been popping up in the news every other day.
© Effie Orfanides 2013