A GUNMAN who shot dead a dad in a “gangland-style execution” while he waited for his son outside school has been captured in haunting CCTV footage.
Jim Donegan, in his 40s, was savagely gunned down outside St Mary’s Christian Brother’s Grammar School in west Belfast as he sat in his luxury Porsche car.
Wearing a high vis vest, the gunman got “up close and personal” to Donegan before shooting him as many as five times in front of crowds of terrified schoolchildren.
Donegan, who was shot multiple times including in the head in his £80,000 Porsche Panamera, died of his injuries, police said.
Unsettling CCTV shows the lone gunman fleeing on foot after shooting Donegan at around 3pm on Tuesday as throngs of children took left the school for the day.
Two men, aged 49 and 51, were arrested on Wednesday evening and remain in custody after detectives carried out searches in the west Belfast area, according to The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).
A seven-year-old boy who witnessed the violence has been left traumatised, his mother said.
CCTV footage shows the gunman, who wearing a hi-vis security jacket with “security” emblazoned on the back, walking near the school before later sprinting in the other direction.
Investigators said he was carrying a gun in a bag he had over his shoulder.
“It is utter madness”
Detective chief inspector of PSNI 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.”
Detectives initially said the “sickening” shooting may have been orchestrated by a “dissident Republican group”.
Other local reports claim his death may be linked to an ongoing feud between two crime families.
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 Donegan sat from the view of children.
The school, which is offering pupils counselling, is expected to reopen for classes on Thursday.
The shooting happened close to two other schools, St Teresa’s Primary School and the Christian Brothers Primary School.
Sinn Fein MLA Paul Maskey describe the shooting as a “very sad sight” and said the family of the victim are distraught”
He said: “I have spoken to an uncle of this man, and the family are devastated.
“I’ve also spoken to parents of young children who witnessed this. That could last with them for a very, very long time.”
West Belfast SDLP councillor Tim Attwood said: “It is absolutely sickening that a gun was fired in the vicinity of both a primary and secondary school in west Belfast today.
“A number of pupils witnessed this fatality and are understandably very disturbed and frightened after this reckless act occurred nearby the school gates.
“There is absolutely no place for this in 2018; this madness belongs in the past and we cannot allow it to once again become our normality.”