NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Two Australian college students shot in Algiers while attempting to buy drugs have been named by several Australian media outlets.
The students are identified as Jake Rovacsek, 23, and Toben Clements, 21.
New Orleans police said a 21-year-old victim, Clements, was shot in the chest and the 23-year-old victim, Rovacsek, was shot in the stomach. Both are men recovering at University Medical Center in New Orleans.
Police said the incident started when the two students approached a man at The Swamp bar in the 500 block of Bourbon Street to buy drugs. Investigators say the man brought the Australians to a dark-colored sedan driven by another man who took them to Algiers.
A third man shot the students after a dispute about money, according to police.
"We learned through our investigation it was presumably about purchasing drugs," Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said.