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Watch: PSNI release CCTV footage of man suspected of shooting Jim Donegan fleeing murder scene

  • Victim was shot eight times
  • Son of Jim Donegan missed witnessing the murder by seconds
  • Teachers put coats over car to prevent pupils from seeing body
Mark Edwards

By Mark Edwards

Police have released CCTV footage of the suspected killer of Jim Donegan escaping the scene after shooting him eight times as he sat in his car outside a west Belfast school.

The recording shows the man, wearing a high-vis jacket, running along the busy Glen Road after the shooting. Another clip shows him walking to the murder scene.

Mr Donegan, who was 43, had been waiting in his red sports car outside the gates of St Mary's Grammar School on the Glen Road when a lone gunman approached his vehicle and opened fire shortly after 3pm on Tuesday.

His young son who stumbled upon the horrific scene is believed to be around 13-years-old.

Jim Donegan

Detective Chief Inspector Pete Montgomery said: “Jim was a husband, a brother, a father to two sons and a stepfather. 

"Yesterday, as the school bell was ringing, a lone gunman shot Jim, as he sat in his car waiting to pick up his 13 year old son.

"Hundreds of children were pouring out of the 3 schools in the Glen Road area of West Belfast at the time – many of them witnessing the assassination of the father of two.  Jim’s son was spared from this thankfully but only by a few seconds.

"Mums, dads, grandparents, young siblings, and people in the community also saw the brutal slaying. The callous actions of the gunman will have catastrophic psychological effects on them all.

CCTV Footage of the murder of Jim Donegan on show during a press conference. Detective Chief Inspector Pete Montgomery, investigating the fatal shooting of a man on the Glen Road in west Belfast, speaks to the media at Musgrave Police Station on Wednesday. Pic Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker

"Children who moments before were no doubt enjoying Christmas activities in class, maybe practising for their Christmas concert or school nativity, will no longer be dreaming about Santa or presents.

"Instead they will be having nightmares about a murder in broad daylight outside their school. A place which should be a safe haven to learn and grow.

"The gunman walked past these children and fired a weapon 8 times. It is utter madness as any one of these bullets could have ricocheted and having been at the scene I cannot emphasise enough that it is sheer luck I am not investigating multiple fatalities.

"Today I am releasing CCTV footage of the gunman on his way to carry out the murder and as he flees the scene. He is captured wearing a high visibility, hip-length yellow jacket, with ‘Security’ written on the back, dark bottoms, with a grey coloured hat or hood and carrying a black or dark bag over his shoulder.

CCTV Footage of the murder of Jim Donegan on show during a press conference. Detective Chief Inspector Pete Montgomery, investigating the fatal shooting of a man on the Pic Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker

He continued: "I believe the gun was in this bag. He emerged from a lane in Clonelly Avenue onto the Glen Road around 3.10pm, walked past countless parents and children, before firing 8 bullets at Jim while he sat outside the school in his red Porsche Panamera, registration JDZ34.

"Around 2 minutes later, after the murder, he ran back up Glen Road and along the lane into Clonelly Avenue.

"I would like to hear from anyone who saw the gunman during these times. I am appealing to the community’s to help identify who murdered Jim and put the lives of countless children at risk.

"I would also like to thank the local people of West Belfast for their help in the last 24 hours and ask anyone who has information or dashcam footage to contact detectives in Musgrave Street on 101.”

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