Agree about it should be about how criminality etc dealt with regardless of who but inevitably the angle here can’t be ignored either.
I just read more of the details. If I was in Nally position, based on what I’ve read, I’d have been afraid of Ward, and believe he was stealing from me, and was a dangerous person. I’d be prepared to defend myself, especially living alone. I know farmers and have stayed on small rural farms, its a hardy life and you have to be able to be quite self sufficient.
However the evidence suggests two major things to me. No evidence that Ward was actually threatening harm to Nally til (presumably) after he was shot the first time, so why the second shooting, from seemingly close when Ward already down.
Also if he intended threat or harm to Nally, why did his dad not be part of it?
Secondly it appears Nally was becoming or already was mentally unwell, therefore more likely to act in an extreme manner. But he is not reported to have been diagnosed, under diagnostic examination, or on treatment.
As ever the gun question has to come into it. Does possession mean more likely people get shot? Well I don’t think there’s been many cases like this since, has there? So maybe the evidence, in rural Ireland anyway, is not.