Man climbed over back gate and shot woman in head - neighbours
'He went in over the back gate – and shot her in the head' say neighbours
Published 16/03/2014 | 02:30
A 60-year-old businessman was being questioned by gardai after a woman was brutally shot dead and her daughter seriously wounded in their home.
Gardai were baffled about the reason behind the attack in Tallaght, which occurred just after 4pm yesterday.
Neighbours said a man armed with a shotgun, and who lives nearby, walked into the house in Killinarden Place before shots were fired.
The victim, named locally as Mary Dargan, is believed to have been killed instantly. Her daughter, named locally as Karina, and who is in her 20s, received a gunshot wound to the face. Her condition was said to be "serious" but not life threatening in Tallaght Hospital yesterday evening.
The 60-year-old man is understood to have suffered some form of minor injury and was also taken for treatment in St James's Hospital after gardai arrested him at the scene.
Another neighbour claimed one of Mary Dargan's daughters, who was in the house at the time, dropped her young child out an upstairs window in a desperate bid to escape the killer after he had entered the house.
A shotgun was recovered at the scene. The man who was arrested is understood to be a bachelor and was well known to neighbours.
The victims and the arrested man are known to each other but are not related. Both have lived the area for years, neighbours said.
Local people also said the man lived in the area for at least 20 years and had no history of violence. They also said he owns a small business in the area. The man was not previously known to gardai.
Garda sources said they were not aware from speaking to neighbours of any dispute between the parties involved. They said they had no indication of what motivation, if any, was behind the attack.
The Garda Press Office said last night the scene at the house was being preserved for technical examination and a visit by the State Pathologist.
Residents in the Killinarden Estate last night expressed their shock at the killing.
One neighbour, who did not want to be identified, said she knew the two victims very well and that her daughters were friends with one of the victims.
She told the Sunday Independent: "There's never any trouble around here which is why this is so shocking. They just kept to themselves. There were children playing here in the estate, which is shocking to think."
Another neighbour said she heard two gunshots and when she came outside she saw a woman who she identified as Mary Dargan's daughter crying outside the house.
"The screams of the girl were terrible. She was devastated and it was horrific to see. I had just come in from town when I heard two big bangs. I thought it was a gas explosion until I came outside," she added.
Another neighbour, Erica Brennan, said she frequently visited Mary Dargan, delivering hair care and beauty products to her.
She told the Sunday Independent: "She was a lovely, lovely woman. Really nice, really chatty and friendly. Everyone knew her and as far I know everyone liked her.
"I've no idea why he did it. I know what he done – but not why. They said he went over the back garden gate and shot her in the head.
The scene was cordoned off last night by gardai.