Update, 2:24 p.m.; April 6, 2016
New information from New Orleans Police indicates the two Australian college students were at The Swamp in the 500 block of Bourbon Street early Tuesday morning when they approached an unknown man and requested to purchase drugs from him.
The victims told detectives that they then left the bar and followed the subject to a four-door, dark-colored sedan where an unknown male driver was waiting inside. ?
An NOPD news release said the driver took the two victims toward Algiers and along the way, he told them that it would cost several hundred dollars to purchase drugs. The victims told the driver they didn't have the money available. When they arrived at L.B. Landry Avenue and Shepard Street, the pair said they exited the vehicle and were approached by another unknown man who demanded their money.
"You know what time it is," the duo was told when they exited the car.
When the pair told him they didn’t have the money, the man shot them both and then jumped in the vehicle with the driver and fled the scene.
NOPD said it believes three suspects are involved but don't have a description of them at this time.
The Fourth District Investigative unit is in charge of the on-going investigation and can be reached at 504-658-6040.
Update, 2:02 p.m.; April 6, 2016
New Orleans Police Department spokesman Tyler Gamble said detectives are continuting their investigation and are searching for surveillance video to help identify the shooter.
Update, 8:37 a.m.; April 6, 2016
The two Australian tourists shot are students from Perth's Curtin University, according to ABC News in Australia.
According to the report, the school said the students were in the United States as part of the WA School of Mines Wombats team, which participated in the Intercollegiate Mining Games in Montana. At the end of the games the students went to New Orleans.
The students' families have been contacted and are arranging travel to the U.S., Curtin University told ABC.
Two young Australian tourists were shot early Tuesday morning after venturing to the West Bank for drugs, New Orleans police said.
The men, ages 21 and 23, took a taxi to L.B. Landry Avenue and Shepard Street around 4:15 a.m. to meet with a drug dealer, the Police Department said in a preliminary offense log. At some point during the interaction, both men sustained gunshot wounds.
Police Superintendent Michael Harrison confirmed that both men were tourists. He said one man was shot in the stomach, and the other in the chest. Police said in an offense log that both were listed in stable condition at an area hospital.