“This is an absolute reckless act” – those are the words of Belfast District Commander Chief Superintendent Jonathan Roberts following this afternoon’s murder of a man in the west of the city.
Jim Donegan, aged in his 40s, was sitting in his red Porsche on the Glen Road waiting to pick up his son from school when he was approached by a lone gunman who shot him several times, including at least once in the head.
It happened at around 3:15pm in the vicinity of three schools.
Speaking at a media facility this evening, Chief Superintendent Jonathan Roberts said it was a ‘disgraceful murder.’
“This is an absolute reckless act and there can be no justification for it whatsoever. This was carried out in the immediate vicinity of three schools. There were a large number of schoolchildren in the area at the time and it is entirely possible that we could have had a seriously injured or dead child or children as a result of this terrible act,” he said.
“There is clearly going to be a significant impact on children in this area as a result of this incident. Children come to school and expect to be educated and not to leave school and see an incident of this nature and they will understandably be traumatised by this. This will also have an impact on teachers in the schools and the wider school community.
“The community of west Belfast does not deserve this and it will not deter the police from providing a service to the community that they expect,” he said.
The victim was sitting in a red Porsche, registration JDZ34.
Police are asking anyone who saw this car in and around the Glen Road area this afternoon or anyone acting suspiciously to come forward.
The gunman, believed to be aged in his 40s, was wearing a hi vis jacket with the word ‘security’ on the back. He is believed to have made off on foot.
Police are also appealing to anyone who may have any video footage or dashcam footage to save that footage and to contact police on the 101 number.
St Mary’s CBS remains closed today (Wednesday).