Two men arrested over Jim Donegan murder released unconditionally

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Two men aged 51 and 49 years old, arrested by detectives investigating the murder of Jim Donegan, have been released unconditionally.

The 43-year-old was targeted in front of children leaving school on the Glen Road in west Belfast on Tuesday.

The married father-of-two was shot in the head as he sat in his Porsche car waiting to collect his teenage son, and died instantly.

Mr Donegan's 13-year-old son is a pupil at St Mary's Grammar School, near where the attack happened.

More than 1,000 pupils were exiting the school at the time of the attack and teachers shielded the car in which Mr Donegan sat from the view of children.

The school is expected to reopen for classes today.

 

Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) Detective Chief Inspector Pete Montgomery said: "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 eight 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."

He appealed for anyone who may have seen the gunman to contact police.

Youngsters are being offered counselling.

The mother of a seven-year-old told Q Radio News that she fled with her son after seeing the gunman.

"I heard about six or seven gunshots and then I heard someone screaming, my son saw it, he was able to tell me he saw a man up ahead with a hi-vis vest on, and his hood up and carrying a bag," she said.

"He was still standing there at the time so I just turned with him (her son) and ran up the street.

"It was very scary, more so for him (her son), he is still freaking out about if he is still going to be there tomorrow, he has been asking me, will they all be away when he is going to school?"

She added: "It's not a place to do anything like that, it's not right any time, but right outside three/four schools on that road. It's just disgraceful."

 

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