Irish police officer shot while vacationing in New Orleans, BBC reports

Published: Jan. 28, 2015 at 1:41 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 28, 2015 at 9:46 PM CST
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - An Irish police officer was shot during an attempted robbery in New Orleans, according BBC News.

The incident was reported just after 5:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 2200 block of New Orleans Street. Officers arriving on the scene in the Seventh Ward found a man shot multiple times

Brian Hanrahan, 32, has been identified as the victim in the shooting, according to BBC. Hanrahan is from Killenaule, a small town in Ireland. He was on vacation in New Orleans with his father when the incident occurred.

Hanrahan tells police that he met an unknown individual who brought him to the area, telling him that he knew of a place where the two could get a drink. The victim tells police that he went to a nearby ATM and withdrew $200.

When he reached the location on New Orleans Street, the victim tells police he was approached by another man who asked for money. When Hanrahan refused, the suspect allegedly shot his and took his money. He fled on foot.

The suspect has been described as a black male, approximately 40 years old, and wearing a gray shirt and dark-colored baseball cap. Detectives say they were unable to locate the victim's wallet.

Hanrahan was transported to a local hospital. The honorary consul of Ireland in Louisiana said his condition is stable and sent the following statement:

"James F. McKay III, Honorary Consul of Ireland in Louisiana, is coordinating efforts to assist Brian Hanrahan, an Irish police officer vacationing in New Orleans who was shot and robbed early Tuesday morning in the 2200 block of New Orleans Street.

"McKay was with Hanrahan in a New Orleans hospital this morning and reports the 30-year-old police officer is in stable condition and recovering from multiple gunshot wounds.

"Honorary Consul McKay reports fundraising efforts are now underway to assist Hanrahan and his family. The Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Emerald Society, and Irish Network New Orleans are raising funds to help the Hanrahan family through this ordeal. Garda Hanrahan's wife and mother will be flying in from Ireland on Wednesday.

"A fundraiser is set for Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at the Irish House, 1432 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130. Donations may also be mailed to the AOH Police Officer Fund, P.O. Box 19569, New Orleans, LA 70179-0569.

"Honorary Consul James F. McKay III expressed his appreciation for the outpouring of help from New Orleans' Irish Community. Said McKay, “Regrettably, Garda Hanrahan met a criminal element in our city. I am pleased that he is now meeting the compassion and support for which the Irish Community in New Orleans is world-renowned.”

"An investigation of incident is ongoing. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111."

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