NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Two men shot in Algiers early Tuesday morning are Australian college students visiting New Orleans after an academic competition, according to a statement released on the Curtin University website.
The New Orleans Police Department has confirmed the two men were shot in Algiers early Tuesday morning near the intersection of L.B. Landry Avenue and Shepherd Court just before 5 a.m.
Police have also confirmed the two took a cab to Algiers to meet a drug dealer.
The two victims were inside a bar in the 500 block of Bourbon St. when they approached an unknown man to purchase drugs, police said. The victims told detectives they left the bar and followed the man to a four-door dark-colored sedan where a male driver was waiting inside.
The driver took the victims toward Algiers, and along the way told them it would cost several hundred dollars to buy the drugs. The victims told the driver they did not have any money.
When they arrived at L.B. Landry Ave. and Shepard St., the pair said they got out of the vehicle and were approached by another man who demanded their money. When they told them they did not have it, he shot them The students, both men, are ages 23 and 21. The 23-year-old was shot in the stomach, while the 21-year-old was shot in the chest.
Detectives believe a total of three perpetrators were involved in the incident.
A statement on the Curtin University website addressed the shooting:
Students injured in the United States
Early this morning the University was advised that two Curtin WA School of Mines students visiting the United States had sustained gunshot wounds during an incident in New Orleans.
Both students are now in hospital and are reported to be in a stable condition. Their families have been contacted and are arranging to travel to the US. The University is providing support and assistance to the injured students and their families. Support is also being provided to the others in the group who were not in the vicinity of the shooting and are unharmed.
The students were in the United States as part of the WASM Wombats team which participated in the Intercollegiate Mining Games. The Games had finished and a group of students went to New Orleans on a private holiday.
This is a very distressing situation and our thoughts are with the injured students and their families.
Curtin will continue to provide all the support it can to all those involved, and WA School of Mines Director Sam Spearing will be flying to New Orleans tonight.
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