A man shot during an early morning robbery in the 7th Ward on Tuesday was visiting from Ireland, where he is a police officer, according to a report in an Irish newspaper.
The Independent reported that Brian Hanrahan, 30, was on vacation with his father when he was shot in the 2200 block of New Orleans Street.
About 5:40 a.m. Tuesday, New Orleans police discovered a man lying in a driveway with multiple gunshot wounds to the body, NOPD spokesman Tyler Gamble said Wednesday morning.
The NOPD does not identify crime victims except when they are killed, and Gamble would not confirm Hanrahan’s identity.
The victim told police he had met an unidentified person who told him there was a place in the area where they could get a drink, according to Gamble.
The victim said he stopped at an ATM and then encountered a man who asked for money. When he refused to hand over his cash, the man shot him and took it.
Hanrahan is reportedly a member of the Garda Síochána, which is Ireland’s national police force. The name translates to “Guardian of the Peace,” and according to The Independent, Hanrahan is an officer in Limerick, which is the fourth-largest city in the country.
The Irish Mirror reported that Hanrahan had come to the U.S. to meet his father, who lives in Missouri.
Hanrahan is reportedly married with a child and was expected back at work in Limerick next week.
The paper said Hanrahan was taken to Interim LSU Hospital. His injuries are not life-threatening.
Police are still investigating the case and have been unable to locate the victim’s wallet, Gamble said.
Col. Mike Edmonson, the Louisiana State Police superintendent, called the incident “an unfortunate situation.” Alluding to other crimes in New Orleans that have generated widespread headlines, including previous assaults on tourists, Edmonson sought to make clear that all major cities deal with violent crime.
“As a city we’ve risen to a point where every single time ... one thing happens, it’s a spotlight, it’s national news and it’s around the world, and that’s a shame it’s gotten to that point,” Edmonson told reporters Wednesday at the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The Irish House bar and restaurant at 1432 St. Charles Ave. will hold a fundraiser from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday to help Hanrahan pay his medical bills.