Two Australian students shot during a drug deal gone bad April 5 on the West Bank have been moved out ICU at University Medical Center this week, according to Australian-based Perthnow.
One of the victims, Toben Clements, released a statement on Facebook thanking people for their support.
“I’d like to say a big thanks to very one for the best wishes and love," he wrote. "Recovery will be a slow process, but I will recover nonetheless. Big shoutout to mum, dad and grandad for coming over to the US so quickly, only to spoon feed me and give me massages when ever I ask. Cheers everyone. Please don’t believe the media.”
Jake Rovacsek and Clements were at The Swamp in the 500 block of Bourbon Street 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 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.