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Jim Donegan murder: CCTV footage of gunman released by police

 CCTV footage shows the gunman running from the scene of the fatal shooting of Jim Donegan on Glen Road in west Belfast
Digital Staff

POLICE have released CCTV footage of the gunman who fired eight fatal shots at Jim JD Donegan as he sat in his car outside his 13-year-old son's school.

The 43-year-old was shot eight times in his Porsche which was parked on Glen Road in west Belfast at around 3.15pm yesterday.

The footage shows a man walking towards the scene carrying a bag which police believe contained the gun used in the shooting. It also shows the man fleeing afterwards.

PSNI Detective Inspector Pete Montgomery said the gunman was 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".

"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 JDZ 34.

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


The Irish News understands that the killing may be linked to the ongoing feud between the Kinahan and Hutch crime families.

Read more: Murder of Jim Donegan outside west Belfast school could be linked to Dublin feud

Mr Donegan, aged in his early 40s, died at the scene from catastrophic injuries. Originally from west Belfast, the victim had been living in a substantial property in Co Down. He married his long term partner Laura in a lavish ceremony two years ago.

Mr Donegan, who owned a haulage business, was known to have associates and business links to the Republic. His father, also known as JD, lives in Co Louth.

DCI Montgomery said the victim 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."

He said Mr Donegan's son had been seconds away from witnessing his father's murder.

Analysis: Murder bore all the hallmarks of a professional assassin (premium)

Jim Donegan who was shot dead in west Belfast on December 4 2018

Jim Donegan who was shot dead in west Belfast

 The gunman running from the scene

 Police believe Jim Donegan's killer was carrying a gun in the bag which can be seen on his back in this CCTV footage


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