Police are linking “appallingly violent” murders of two men, 31 and 42, who were brutally gunned down in Belfast

The “appallingly violent” murders of Sean Fox and Mark Hall, who were “executed” by two gunmen, have been officially linked by police.

Both men were murdered at close range by masked assassins in broad daylight in West Belfast, less than a year apart. Police say the killings “bear all the hallmarks of the killings of Republican dissidents.”

Detectives now believe the attacks were carried out by “the same two gunmen” who police say are part of an organized criminal group that may be filled with former terrorists.

Sean Fox, 42, was murdered at Donegal Celtic Football Club near Suffolk Road on Sunday October 2 this year. Two masked gunmen broke into the club and fired 20 shots at the father of two in front of more than 100 people

The murder came after 31-year-old Mark Hall was shot dead at his family home in Rodney Drive, Belfast on Saturday December 18, 2021.

Sean Fox, 42, was murdered at Donegal Celtic Football Club on October 2, 2022

Sean Fox, 42, was murdered at Donegal Celtic Football Club on October 2, 2022

Mark Hall, 31, was gunned down at his family home in Rodney Drive, Belfast on December 18, 2021.

Mark Hall, 31, was gunned down at his family home in Rodney Drive, Belfast on December 18, 2021.

Sean Fox, left, was murdered in front of more than 100 people at Donegal Celtic Football Club on October 2, 2022. His death came after the killing of Mark Hall, 31 (right), who was shot dead at his family home in Belfast on December 18, 2021

Detectives now believe the killings were carried out by

Detectives now believe the killings were carried out by

Detectives now believe the killings were carried out by “the same two gunmen” who police say are part of an organized criminal group that may be filled with former terrorists

Two gunmen approached the property and one fired shots through the front window of the home, hitting Mark five times.

Detective Superintendent Eamonn Corrigan, Chief of Police for Northern Ireland’s main investigative teams, said: “I can confirm that detectives are now officially connecting the appallingly violent murders of Mark Hall and Sean Fox.

“After carefully reviewing the seized CCTV footage, we believe the murders were committed by the same two gunmen.

“In addition, we now believe the killings were carried out by an organized group of criminals operating like terrorists and may be or were members of terrorist organizations.”

He said the police are currently not attributing the killings to any particular organization.

But he said her death “bearing all the hallmarks of Republican dissident killings.”

“There are a number of similarities between the two murders, including the location in West Belfast and the brazen and reckless style of the public shootings in broad daylight,” Mr Corrigan added.

“It is clear that the gunmen had a thorough knowledge of these areas of West Belfast and felt comfortable carrying out their executions in front of a number of people and witnesses.”

A suspect was riding a racing bike with a prominent rear dot to the saddle, which appeared to be a Fizik Arione

A suspect was riding a racing bike with a prominent rear dot to the saddle, which appeared to be a Fizik Arione

The second suspect was riding

The second suspect was riding

Police said they knew the suspects rode bicycles through the Glen Road, Dungloe Crescent, Glenveigh, Gweedore Gardens and Carigart Avenue areas to and from the scene of Mr Fox’s crime between 2:20 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on October 2 had traveled to death

Police believe Mr Fox was “picked out” while enjoying a drink in a busy function room.

“They were on the premises for about 21 seconds. The gunmen fired 20 bullets and we identified multiple impact marks,” the officer said.

Police said they knew the suspects rode bicycles through the Glen Road, Dungloe Crescent, Glenveigh, Gweedore Gardens and Carigart Avenue areas to and from the scene of Mr Fox’s crime between 2:20 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on October 2 had traveled to death.

One suspect was riding “a light gray or silver low-spec generic mountain bike.”

“There’s a plastic bag hanging over the seat,” he said.

“He wore a light gray hoodie with prominent three orange lines down the sleeves, dark gray pants, dark shoes and gloves, and has a beanie under his hoodie. He’s carrying a dark black holdall, which I believe contained the guns.”

The second suspect was riding “a racing bike with a prominent rear dot to the saddle, which appears to be a Fizik Arione or a copy of that model.”

“It had white handlebars, white stem, pink bar tape and white tires. He was wearing a blue hoodie, dark pants and shoes, and light gray gloves,” Corrigan said.

Officials say both suspects had little regard for human life, killing Mr Fox and Mr Hall in front of other innocent people. The couple are pictured together on the newly released CCTV

Officials say both suspects had little regard for human life, killing Mr Fox and Mr Hall in front of other innocent people. The couple are pictured together on the newly released CCTV

Officials say both suspects had little regard for human life, killing Mr Fox and Mr Hall in front of other innocent people. The couple are pictured together on the newly released CCTV

Police allege that the same disregard for the safety of local people was shown during Mr Hall’s murder when two masked gunmen arrived at the front door of Mr Hall’s mother’s home.

The men fired through the front window and as they fled the scene, “one of the suspects turned and shot Mark’s sister.”

Detectives also released images of a silver Skoda Superb taxi, registration number GM16 YCA, which the two suspects arrived at St James’s Crescent on Saturday December 18 last year.

“The taxi was never recovered and I would urge anyone with information about the car and its whereabouts to contact police,” Corrigan said.

Pictures of the suspects have been released and police are asking anyone with leads to contact them.

Detectives carried out a series of searches and arrests in west Belfast this week in connection with both murders.

A £20,000 reward has been offered by police to help find the killers following the murder of Mr Fox.

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Brian Ashcraft

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