A GARDA officer has been shot twice during a mugging while on a family holiday in the US.
Garda Brian Hanrahan (32) was targeted by a gunman yesterday morning in New Orleans.
It is understood that the married father-of-one was shot in the spine and in the leg. He remains in hospital where he is being treated but is "recovering well".
It is believed that the off duty garda, who is on holidays with his father, was targeted at 5.40am yesterday in the 7th ward area of New Orleans.
The shooting incident took place near the intersection of New Orleans Street and North Tonti Street.
He was rushed to the Intensive Care Unit at the ILH Interim University hospital but staff told the Independent.ie that his injuries were “not life threatening” and he is expected to make a full recovery.
It is understood he was travelling in the United States with his father.
Today, his colleagues in Limerick learnt of the shooting.
“He is very much a well respected member of An Garda Siochana here and is well known by all the community in Newcastle West,” a source said.
Mr Hanrahan was previously based in Henry Street garda station in Limerick city and is originally from south Tipperary.
Fine Gael TD Patrick O’Donovan is from Newcastle West and knows the wounded garda officer.
“I’m only just after hearing really,” he told the Herald.
“I know Brian and it is absolutely shocking that this happened on a family holiday. It beggars belief.
“All we can say at this point is to offer Brian our best wishes and hope that he has a full recovery from the incident.
“Our thoughts are with him and his family at this stage,” Mr O’Donovan said.
“I grew up living next door to the garda station so we would know a lot of the officers who were based here or who work here now. They do great work here and everyone will be saddened at this news,” Mr O’Donovan said.
According to New Orleans Police Department, a male was shot around 5:40am yesterday and taken to the hospital for treatment.
Police said the investigation is ongoing.