Devastated pensioner didn't realise he killed his best pal in shooting
The elderly man who shot and killed his neighbour Brendan Kilduff is said to be "absolutely devastated" and was being comforted by relatives last night.
It has emerged that the OAP, who is suffering from underlying health conditions, did not realise that he had shot his friend, even though he knew he had shot someone.
The elderly farmer, who is in his 80s, made an emergency 999 phone call following the shooting incident.
"He disclosed that he had fired shots after becoming suspicious of noises outside his home," a senior source said.
Gardai rushed to the scene and the man was arrested.
"He did not know that it was actually his friend Brendan Kilduff until he was informed by investigating gardai on Wednesday morning and obviously he became very upset then," the senior source added.
The man, who was released without charge, is understood to have seen car lights outside his house and fired shots from his home as a warning, possibly thinking there were intruders on his property.
However, Mr Kilduff was killed as a result.
The funeral of the shooting victim (67) will take place in Knock tomorrow.
A post on RIP.ie says that the bachelor, from Sallyhernane, Knock, died "tragically".
"Predeceased by his brother John. Deeply regretted by his sisters Marian (Gildea), Bernadette (Walshe), nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, neighbours and many friends," it says.
"Reposing at the Marian Funeral Home, Knock, on Friday from six o'clock until eight o'clock. Removal on Saturday morning to The Church of Saint John The Baptist, Knock, for mass at noon."
The farmer died in the incident at around 11.55pm in Aghamore, Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo, on Tuesday.
The shooting happened in a very remote area of rural Co Mayo in the townland of Coogue, not far from Knock.
The farm where the shots were fired is down a long laneway close to an old school.
The injured man was pronounced dead at the scene.
The investigation into the shooting is at a very early stage and gardai are keeping an open mind about the circumstances surrounding the tragedy.
However, one line of investigation is that the shooting was not a result of a dispute but a tragic incident.
Mr Kilduff's body was taken to Mayo University Hospital after the fatal incident, where a post-mortem was carried out.
Locals said there had been a spate of burglaries in the area in the past and people were nervous as a result.
A spokesperson for Knock Shrine said in a statement: "It is with great sadness and a deep sense of shock that we learned of the terrible tragedy that took place in our parish.
"The thoughts and prayers of the entire Knock parish community are with the families and friends of those affected by this sad event."