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Sunday 17 December 2017

US police offer €2.5k reward for info on men who shot garda

Brian Hanrahan and wife Emma
Wanted Subject #1 (left): Black Male, in his 30s , 5’08” tall, light complexion, had facial stubble which included some grey hairs, wearing a grey ball cap with an unknown design Wanted Subject #2 (right): Black Male, late 30s or early 40s and armed with a firearm.

US police are offering a reward of up to $2,500 (€2,215) for information leading to the arrest of two men in the shooting of Gda Brian Hanrahan.

Police in New Orleans have also released photofits of the two suspects who attacked the Limerick-based garda while he was socialising on January 27.

Gda Hanrahan was shot in the lower back and leg while he was on holiday with his father.

Police have released colour composite sketches of the two suspects, one of whom is the alleged gunman.

Read more: Garda shooting suspects caught fleeing on CCTV

According to the police description, the gunman is a black male aged in his late 30s or early 40s and was armed with a pistol.

The other suspect is described as a black male aged in his 30s, about five-foot-eight and with a light complexion.

According to the information provided to the police, this man also had facial stubble which included some grey hairs and he was wearing a grey baseball cap with an unknown design.

Both suspects appear in the police photofits as having thin moustaches.

According to the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD), officers attached to the city's Fifth District received a call about the shooting in the Seventh Ward at around 5.40am last Tuesday.

"When officers arrived they found the 30-year-old male victim lying in the driveway of a residence with multiple gunshot wounds to the body," an NOPD statement said.

"The victim told police he met an unknown subject who brought him to the area after telling the victim that he knew of a place where they could get a drink. The victim told police that he went to an ATM and withdrew $200 (€177).

"When they reached the location on New Orleans Street, the victim told police he encountered an unknown male who asked him for money.

"When the victim refused, he told police that the suspect shot him and took his money. The suspects then fled the scene on foot."

Gda Hanrahan is recovering well and has undergone surgery to remove a bullet from his lower spine.

His wife Emma Holland, who is from Killenaule, Co Tipperary, his mother Rose and father Brian Snr are daily visitors at the hospital.

More than $5,000 (€4,420)has been collected by various local police departments and agencies to go towards any travel costs or medical bills incurred by the Hanrahan family.

The local Irish community has raised funds at different events at the weekend.

testify

A fundraising coffee morning will take place at Henry Street garda station in Limerick on Wednesday.

Crimestoppers is offering up to a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the persons responsible.

The NOPD has issued a public appeal for help in finding the culprits.

"You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward," they added.

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