Police in New Orleans have released footage in the search for two men who may have 'critical information' about the shooting of an off-duty garda.
Gda Brian Hanrahan (31) remains in the intensive care unit of University Hospital New Orleans after undergoing emergency surgery to remove a bullet lodged in his back.
His wife, Emma, travelled to the US today to be by her husband's bedside.
The father of one, who is stationed in Newcastle West, Co Limerick, was enjoying a driving holiday with his father, covering part of the famous Route 66, when he was shot twice, in the lower back and thigh, at around 5.40am on Tuesday.
The off-duty garda had stood up to his attacker, who demanded money. When Gda Hanrahan refused, he was shot twice, before his assailant fled on foot with the cash.
New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) have now released CCTV footage of two men seen in the same block on the morning of the shooting.
In a statement, the NOPD said they are trying to locate and identify two unknown black males 'who may have critical information regarding a shooting and armed robbery'.
"The 30-year-old victim told police he met an unknown black male on Bourbon Street. The victim said he asked the unknown male if he knew of any other places to party in the area," the statement continues.
"The suspect told the victim to follow him. The victim told police he stopped at the ATM and withdrew $200 in cash prior to walking with the suspect.
"The victim said once he and the suspect arrived on New Orleans Street, an unknown black male approached him and demanded his money. The victim said after he refused to give the second suspect his money, the suspect produced a pistol and shot him once in the chest and once in the leg.
"After shooting the victim, both suspects went through the victim’s pockets and removed the $200 and fled the area on foot."
Gda Brian Hanrahan, a native of Killenaule, Co Tipperary, was conscious when police officers arrived and was able to give them a good description of his attacker, whom he described as a black man aged around 40, wearing a grey shirt and dark-coloured baseball cap.
The victim told police he did not get an accurate description of the second suspect who he believes shot him.
Locals in Newcastle West, where Gda Hanrahan has made his home, were shocked to hear he had been injured.
A garda source described him as an "exemplary garda, who was extremely hardworking, brave and popular".
Gda Hanrahan had been one of the main investigators in a major drugs haul in Clarina in which €180,000 worth of heroin was recovered.
Newcastle West traffic warden Joe Dore described the garda as a "lovely man" who was well known and respected.
Jimmy Lee, director of the Knights of West Fest, said: "I couldn't speak highly enough of Brian. He's involved in so many groups locally and is always of great assistance."
Meanwhile, Matt Murphy, owner of the Irish House restaurant in New Orleans is organising a fundraiser.
"He's away from home, but there's a big Irish community in New Orleans. We won't raise a million dollars, but at least it will go some way towards helping the family," he said.