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US police release CCTV of suspects who shot garda

Police in New Orleans have released CCTV footage of two suspects they believe are behind the shooting and robbery of a garda on holiday in the city on Tuesday.

Brian Hanrahan (31) will be kept at the University Hospital in New Orleans for the next 10 days but is expected to make a full recovery.

His wife Emma and mother Rose flew to New Orleans yesterday to be at his bedside.

Detectives investigating the shooting believe the young garda, who is stationed at Newcastle West in Co Limerick, was lured to the location by a man he had befriended earlier and shot by his accomplice.

The Irish community in the Louisiana city has been rallying around the family and fundraising efforts are ongoing to help Garda Hanrahan's father Brian, his wife Emma and mother Rose with their expenses.

President of the Irish Network Adrian D'Arcy met with father and son on Wednesday night. He told the Irish Independent: "He's in good spirits. He's a lucky man. He's going to recover just fine. He's able to talk. He's in a little bit of pain but overall in good spirits.

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Garda Brian Hanrahan with his wife Emma

Garda Brian Hanrahan with his wife Emma

CCTV footage shows two men in the vicinity of the area of the attack

CCTV footage shows two men in the vicinity of the area of the attack

CCTV footage shows two men in the vicinity of the area of the attack

CCTV footage shows two men in the vicinity of the area of the attack

CCTV footage shows two men in the vicinity of the area of the attack

CCTV footage shows two men in the vicinity of the area of the attack

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Garda Brian Hanrahan with his wife Emma

"He's a very lucky man that the shooter didn't have better aim. He got hit in the leg and had some damage in his stomach but none of it, apparently, is life threatening."

Mr D'Arcy said the Hanrahan family was very grateful for the help they were receiving.

"They're overwhelmed with gratitude and they're going to see more of that support over the coming week," he added.

Detectives are looking for two black men in relation to the shooting.

Mr Hanrahan and his father had been drinking together in the city's French Quarter until about 4am when Brian Snr decided to call it a night and returned to his hotel.

Garda Hanrahan stayed out and met a man on Bourbon Street who offered to take him somewhere they could get a late drink. He told police he was approached by another man who demanded money.

When he refused, the man produced a pistol and shot him.

Both men then went through his pockets and removed the cash before fleeing on foot.

He did not get a clear description of the second suspect who he believes shot him.

Mr D'Arcy said Irish people should not be put off travelling to New Orleans, where he has made his home.

Irish Independent