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New Orleans, inset, Garda Brian Hanrahan

New Orleans, inset, Garda Brian Hanrahan

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New Orleans, inset, Garda Brian Hanrahan

A GARDA officer has been shot twice during a mugging while on a family holiday in the US.

Garda Brian Hanrahan, a father of one, was targeted by a gunman yesterday morning in New Orleans.

The Herald understands that the injured officer was shot in the back and in the leg. He remains in hospital where he is being treated.

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.

An armed robber demanded cash from the 30-year-old Irish man. It is reported that he was shot after refusing to hand over money.

The shooting incident took place near the intersection of New Orleans Street and North Tonti Street. He was rushed to hospital after the incident.

Today, his colleagues in Limerick spoke of their shock at news 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.

His father ran a butchers shop in Killenaule, Co Tipperary.

Fine Gael TD Patrick O'Donovan, from Newcastle West knows the wounded 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.

Family

"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."

A hospital spokesperson said that Garda Hanrahan is "recovering well."

According to New Orleans Police Department, a male was shot around 5.40am yesterday and taken to the hospital for treatment. No further details were available about his condition. Police said the investigation is ongoing.

One hundred and fifty people were murdered in New Orleans last year. It was the lowest number of killings recorded in the city since 1971 and the city's lowest per-capita murder rate since 1999.

However, New Orleans' murder rate remains one of the highest in the country and more than triple the average for comparably sized US cities.

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