James Jackson, a well-liked resident of the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, was shot and killed at t 2:24 a.m. Sunday morning, CBS New York reported.
Jackson's wife, who is blind and deaf without her hearing aid, didn't hear the gunshot, but found her husband slumped over on the couch in their living room.
Without realizing he'd been shot, Jackson's wife called a neighbor, identified as Joyce, and asked for help waking her husband.
"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,” Joyce told a CBS affiliate.
Jackson had nine prior arrests, according to the New York Daily News, on drug and forgery charges.
Authorities have yet to determine whether the shooting was premeditated or whether Jackson was hit by a stray bullet.
Police have no information about the shooter, and no arrests have been made.