New Orleans police hunt Aussies’ shooters

The hunt for three men who New Orleans police believe enticed two Australian university students away from the famed Bourbon Street strip with the promise of drugs is continuing.


Toben Clements and Jake Rovacsek remain in a New Orleans hospital after being shot around 4am on Wednesday in Algiers – an infamous, crime-riddled suburb across the Mississippi River from the French Quarter.

Key to making arrests could be surveillance footage, with Bourbon St and other areas heavily monitored by video cameras.

“The investigation is still ongoing,” New Orleans police spokesman Aaron Looney told AAP on Thursday.

“We haven’t had any new information on the case as of right now.”

The 21 and 23-year-old Kalgoorlie-based Curtin University mining students had been drinking at The Swamp Bar on Bourbon St in the early hours of Wednesday.

They approached “an unknown black male” about buying drugs and he took them to a dark-coloured sedan where a male driver was waiting inside, police said.

The Australians were driven 7km to Algiers and when they exited the vehicle another male demanded their money.

But when they said the did not have any, one of the students was shot in the stomach and the other in the chest.

Mr Looney said detectives continue to examine surveillance footage to retrace the Australians’ steps and identify the assailants.

“They are still looking to see if they can find any surveillance footage that includes the two students in it,” he said.

They have also made a fresh public appeal for anyone with information to call police or leave information on their anonymous tip line.

Mr Clements and Mr Rovacsek were celebrating in New Orleans after being part of a team that won a second straight world title in the Intercollegiate Mining Games in Montana.