Police release surveillance video of persons of interest in Irish officer's shooting

Police release surveillance video of persons of interest in Irish officer's shooting

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The NOPD is asking for the public's help in locating and identifying two men who may have critical information about the shooting and armed robbery of an Irish tourist.

The incident happened Tuesday (Jan. 27) at about 5:40 a.m.in the 2200 block of New Orleans Street.

The 30-year-old victim - a police officer from Ireland - told police he met a man on Bourbon Street and asked him if he knew of any other places "to party" in the area. The man 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, another man approached him and demanded his money. The victim said after he refused, the suspect produced a pistol and shot him once in the chest and once in the leg.

Both suspects went through the victim's pockets and removed the $200 and fled the area on foot.

The first suspect was described as a black male between 35-40 years old, 5'7"–5'8" tall with a brown complexion. He was last seen wearing a black hooded shirt and gray pants.

The victim told police he could not describe the second suspect, who he believes shot him.

Mobile users can watch surveillance video of the persons of interest here: http://youtu.be/76ECFV9RjdE

Fifth District Detective Johnny Magee is in charge of the investigation and can be reached at (504) 658-6050.

Crimestoppers is offering up to a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person(s) responsible. Citizens with information regarding this crime are asked to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111 or toll free at 1-877-903-STOP (7867). Callers do not have to leave their name nor testify in court to receive the reward. Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to Crimestoppers at www.crimestoppersgno.org.

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