Detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Major Investigation Team investigating the murder of a man in west Belfast yesterday afternoon, Sunday 2 October, have named the victim as 49-year-old Sean Fox.

Detective Chief Inspector Millar said: “Yesterday, two gunman entered the Donegal Celtic Sports and Social Club and shot Sean a number of times, as he sat enjoying a drink.

“This was a reckless act and there can be no justification for it whatsoever.  This was carried out in a crowded function room where people were watching football at the time and it is only by pure good fortune other patrons were not injured or killed as a result of this disgraceful attack.

"The gunmen walked into the premises past several people before firing their weapons at Sean a number of times. Both men were masked and I believe they made their escape on foot along Suffolk Road in the direction of Gweedore.

"I have a number of appeal points I want to make today.  I would like to hear from anyone who saw the gunmen as they entered the Social Club at around 2.25pm or a few minutes later. I am appealing to the community to help identify those who murdered Sean and put the lives of countless other people at risk.  I am appealing for anyone who was in the social club at the time and has any mobile phone footage of the incident or anyone who was on Suffolk Road around the time of the murder and may have any video footage or dashcam footage to save that footage and to contact us on 101 quoting reference number 1120 02/10/22.”

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