TThe family of a retiree hit by a crossbow outside his home says that he can not think of anyone who would hurt him.

Gerald Corrigan, 74, was hit while he was adjusting a satellite dish on his secluded property on the outskirts of Holyhead, in North Wales, shortly before Friday at 12:35 pm.

He managed to sneak inside the house before an ambulance was called and he was rushed to the Bangor Hospital where his condition was called critical.

Police said Mr. Corrigan had since been transferred to a Stoke hospital because of the severity of his injuries.

One of the questions is that Mr. Corrigan may have been accidentally killed by a lamppost – rogue night hunters who use bright lights to target animals.

In a statement issued by the North Wales Police, his family said, "This is a horrible incident that happened to our family.

"We can not think of anyone who might have wanted to hurt our father and our dear partner, we are trying to cope with this shocking incident.

"If anyone has any information about what happened, no matter how small, please report it to the police.

"We would like to pay tribute to the ambulance service and the medical staff for the incredible work they have done.