House party tragedy as man shot dead with his own gun
Published 17/02/2010 | 05:00
A PARTY ended in tragedy yesterday after a man was shot dead with his own gun.
Young father Kris Emmett suffered the fatal head wound in the early hours of yesterday morning after a shotgun registered in his name was fired at his home in west Dublin.
Three men who were present in the house at the time were being quizzed by gardai last night.
Gardai are attempting to establish whether Mr Emmett (21) died as a result of a tragic accident or whether there was something more sinister involved.
Mr Emmett was shot at his home in Fortlawn Park, Clonsilla, at around 3am.
However, the emergency services and gardai weren't informed until an hour later.
Two of the young man's friends, aged 18 and 23, were arrested shortly after gardai arrived at the scene. A third man, aged 24, was arrested yesterday afternoon.
Mr Emmett's mother Lorraine, and his step-father, both of whom were out of the country on holidays at the time, were yesterday making arrangements to return after they received the tragic news.
Gardai said they were keeping an "open mind" on the circumstances surrounding the shooting, but quickly ruled out any gangland links to the killing.
Throughout the day neighbours and friends comforted the young man's relatives, including his sister Clare, as they gathered near the home.
Mr Emmett is also mourned by an older brother David.
He had already lost part of his leg, and walked with the aid of prosthetic limb, following an incident around five years earlier.
One neighbour explained he had been playing with a number of friends in a local park where youths were flicking knives, when one hit his leg striking an artery.
The woman, who described him as a "lovely chap", said he had to have part of his leg removed following the knife incident.
Garda sources confirmed that Mr Emmett did not make any criminal complaint at the time of the incident.
It is understood he had remained friends with the man who flicked the knife at him.
Another neighbour said many in the estate had heard there had been a group socialising in the house and that they were "just messing" when the shotgun went off.
Neighbours said there had been no indication of any rows at the house prior to the shooting.
"I was very shocked, I couldn't believe it when I heard," one woman said. Another neighbour said Mr Emmett was fond of hunting.
Many in the area were unaware any incident had occurred until they spotted the crime scene tape sealing off the small two-storey house.
Officers were last night continuing to interview friends of the dead man as they tried to pierce together the hours leading up to the shooting.
Gardai are trying to establish whether the partygoers had drunk much alcohol prior to the incident.
Two of those arrested were being held at Finglas garda station last night. The third man was being held at Cabra garda station. They can be held without charge for up to 72 hours.
"There was a gathering of people late in the evening and early in the morning, so members of the public may have seen people coming and going during that period of time or certainly from 3am onwards they may have seen people leaving the house," said Supt John Gilligan of the Garda Press Office.
"There is a lot of work to do in this investigation yet to find out exactly what happened and who was involved." He added: "There was a legally held firearm registered at that house."