US cops rally to family

A Garda from Killenaule who was shot by a mugger in New Orleans as he took money from an ATM machine is recovering from multiple gunshot wounds surrounded by his family.

A Garda from Killenaule who was shot by a mugger in New Orleans as he took money from an ATM machine is recovering from multiple gunshot wounds surrounded by his family.

Thirty year old Brian Hanrahan, who was on holiday with his father, Brian Snr, has had an emotional reunion with his mother Rose and wife Emma who flew to New Orleans to be by his bedside last Thursday.

The father of one, who is stationed in Newcastle West, is now walking after surgery after he was left for dead in a driveway in New Orleans French Quarter on Tuesday morning of last week.

Police forces in New Orleans and New York are rallying to support Brian and his family following his horrific ordeal.

Brian was out for a drink the morning the shooting took place. When officers arrived at the scene, they found him lying in the driveway with multiple gunshot wounds to the body.

He told police he met a man who brought him to the area after telling him that he knew of a place where they could get a drink.

When Brian refused to give the man money he had taken from an ATM, the suspect shot him and took his money.

The police network supporting the Hanrahan family are in daily communication from America to former Clonmel Mayor Denis Dunne who is the President of the Irish branch of the International Police Association.

They have informed Mr Dunne on Brian’s condition and how the police and business people of New Orleans have supported the Hanrahan family.

“It is a worldwide organisation and it is fantastic to have that structure in place to help somebody out when they really need it,” said Mr Dunne.

Brian is a former pupil of St. Mary’s National School and Scoil Ruain in Killenaule and he has two sisters Olivia and Amy.

“Everybody in Killenaule was shocked to hear of the shooting but relieved to hear that Brian is recovering,” said local councillor John Fahey who is friend of the Hanrahan family.