The Police Service of Northern Ireland has appealed for information surrounding the murder of a 49-year-old man at a social club in west Belfast yesterday.

Detectives from the PSNI's Major Investigation Team today named the victim as Sean Fox.

The shooting happened at the Donegal Celtic Football Club on Suffolk Road yesterday afternoon.

The club was busy with people watching football on TV when the shooting took place.

Detective Chief Inspector Millar said: "Yesterday, two gunmen 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."

Mr Millar added: "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."

Forensics at Donegal Celtic FC yesterday

Speaking yesterday, Sinn Féin MP for West Belfast Paul Maskey said the community was in shock.

"My thoughts and sympathies are with this man's family," he said as he visited the scene.

"I personally don't know the victim but what I do know is that there's a family there and our thoughts and our sympathies are with this man's family at this stage.

"There is a family there and obviously they're grieving at this particular stage and obviously they'll be looking for assistance from the community as well.

"But there's shock within this community and people are sending their condolences to this man's family."

Mr Maskey urged anyone with information to come forward to police.

"I condemn those responsible. There is no place for guns on our streets," he said.

Information can also be provided online using the PSNI's non-emergency reporting form, the Major Incident Public Portal link or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online.

Additional reporting by PA