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CCTV shows gunman walk among pupils before murder

A fresh appeal is being made for information about the murder of Jim Donegan outside a west Belfast school. Credit: Pacemaker

Fresh CCTV of the shooter who killed a man outside a west Belfast school shows the gunman walking alongside unsuspecting pupils before opening fire.

The gunman fired eight times on 43-year-old Jim Donegan as he sat in his red Porsche Panamera on the Glen Road on Tuesday 4 December.

One week on, detectives are making a fresh appeal for information that could help with their investigation into the brutal killing – a dissident republican element is a key line of enquiry.

A 47-year-old man has been arrested in the Turf Lodge area of west Belfast under the Terrorism Act, in connection with the murder, and later released unconditionally.

PSNI Detective Chief Inspector Pete Montgomery said: “Hundreds of children were pouring out of the three schools in the Glen Road area of west Belfast at the time – many of them witnessing the assassination.

“Jim’s son was spared from this thankfully, but only by a few seconds.”

Mums, dads, grandparents, young siblings and people in the community saw the brutal slaying.

The callous actions of the gunman will have catastrophic psychological effects on them all.

– DCI Pete Montgomery

DCI Montgomery added: “The chilling CCTV footage shows him walking down the Glen Road before stopping outside Christian Brothers Secondary School.

“He then activates and waits at the pedestrian crossing for the ‘green man’ before walking casually across the road in front of schoolchildren.

“He then shoots Jim and, while fleeing from the scene, walks out in front of cars - holding his hand up to stop them - before jogging back along the Glen Road and into Clonelly Avenue, where he disappears.”

A major investigation is continuing into the brutal killing. Credit: Pacemaker

Police want to speak to anyone who may have stood beside the gunman at the lights, or who was driving a car stopped at the crossing, or on the road when the gunman stepped out.

But they also want to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time, even if they did not witness the attack or see the gunman – in order to eliminate them from enquiries.

“A dissident republican element is a main line of enquiry,” DCI Montgomery said.

“And I am appealing to the community to help identify who put the lives of countless children at risk and murdered Jim.

“It was utter madness to fire a gun so close to the school, as any one of these bullets could have ricocheted and hit the children standing nearby.

“I need to remove this dangerous man from our streets - a man who thought it was acceptable to traumatise young children.”