A father-of-two who called 999 after his neighbour fatally shot him with a crossbow asked emergency services to tell his children he loved them, an inquest has heard.
Shane Gilmer, 30, made emergency calls lasting around half an hour after Anthony Lawrence attacked him and his pregnant partner Laura Sugden in their home in East Yorkshire.
Lawrence, who had been served with an eviction notice after the couple made a complaint about a smell of cannabis from his property, broke into the house through the loft and waited in a bedroom for them to return home, Hull Coroner’s Court heard.
The jury was told that he shot Mr Gilmer through the arm and torso – the bolt breaking his arm and a rib, damaging his liver and kidney and becoming embedded in his spine.
On Tuesday, the inquest jury heard transcripts of 999 calls made on the evening of January 12 2018 by Ms Sugden and Mr Gilmer.
During the call to emergency services, made at 9.30pm on the evening of the attack, Mr Gilmer repeatedly told the call handler that he thought he was going to die, the inquest heard.
He told the call handler: “I need to say something. I love my children.”
Later in the call, he said: “I need to tell my mum and dad I love them. I’ve fallen out with them last week but I really love them. I love Laura, I hope they are all OK.”
Lawrence also shot Ms Sugden in the head and then drove the crossbow bolt into her neck after she removed it, the inquest heard.
She escaped and ran, covered in blood and with a gaping wound in her neck, to a nearby house after Mr Gilmer told her to keep herself and their baby safe, the inquest was told.
Mr Gilmer had two daughters from a previous marriage and was expecting a baby with Ms Sugden, who was around 20 weeks pregnant.
The inquest heard he spoke about his unborn child and told the 999 call handler that he and Ms Sugden were going for a scan soon to find out the sex.
He said: “I really, really wanted this baby, I really wanted it.”
Mr Gilmer told the call handler that he and Ms Sugden had been attacked by their neighbour – who he described as “really dangerous” – and that he believed Lawrence had taken his girlfriend.
He said Lawrence had been listening to their conversations for a year and he thought he had come into their house in Southburn, near Driffield, through the loft and waited for them in the bedroom with a crossbow.
He said: “He’s p***ed off with us because the landlord’s evicted him because of the complaints we made.”
The inquest heard that Mr Gilmer told the call handler he had been shot with a crossbow and that the arrow had “ripped through” his arm and was stuck about 10 inches into his body.
He said he could not move and there was “blood everywhere” and could be heard breathing heavily and crying and screaming with pain during the half-hour call, the inquest was told.
He repeatedly asked where the emergency services were and said they were taking “too long”, the inquest heard.
Towards the end of the phone call, Mr Gilmer said: “I feel like I’m fading, I’ve lost so much blood. She sounded so scared. I can’t believe this has happened.”
The inquest heard that the call ended shortly after police arrived at the house and told Mr Gilmer that Ms Sugden was safe.
The couple were taken to Hull Royal Infirmary but Mr Gilmer suffered a cardiac arrest and died on arrival.
Ms Sugden survived after “life-saving treatment”, the inquest heard.
Lawrence’s body was later found on the North York Moors.
The hearing continues.