A PENSIONER fighting for his life after being shot with a crossbow may have disturbed animal hunters before he was killed.
The man, named locally as Gerald Corrigan, 74, was hit in the “central area” of his body, causing what cops called “horrendous, life-changing injuries”.
He had been fixing a satellite dish on his house and staggered inside after the attack at 12.30am yesterday before calling 999.
Hospital medics later alerted cops on realising he had a crossbow bolt wound.
Locals fear he may have been shot on his secluded farm in Holyhead, North Wales, after disturbing rogue night-time hunters known as “lampers” who stalk animals using high-power torches.
One woman said: “Lampers might have been out last night.
“They’re cruel and may have reacted badly to being disturbed.”
A man added: “I’ve seen lampers recently. They sweep through in a vehicle in darkness. They may have been involved.”
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Mr Corrigan, wed to disabled Elizabeth, 64, is said to have lived there for 30 years.
Det Chief Insp Brian Kearney said: “He remains critical. This is a highly unusual incident for this area. We’re determined to find whoever was responsible as a matter of urgency.”
Cops want to hear from anyone with CCTV or who was in the area at the time.
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