Curtin Uni students shot in New Orleans in stable condition

TWO Curtin University students shot in New Orleans this morning are in a stable condition.

The Curtin WA School of Mines students sustained gunshot wounds during the incident in New Orleans.

In a note to staff, Vice-Chancellor Deborah Terry advised of the shooting and confirmed the students’ families had been contacted and were arranging to travel to the United States.

“The University is providing support and assistance to the injured students and their families,” she said.

“Support is also being provided to the others in the group who were not in the vicinity of the shooting and are unharmed.”

The students, reportedly aged 23 and 23, were in the US as part of the WASM Wombats team, which participated in the Intercollegiate Mining Games in Montana.

The Games had finished and a group of students went to New Orleans on a private holiday.

“This is a very distressing situation and our thoughts are with the injured students and their families,” Ms Terry said.

“Curtin will continue to provide all the support it can to all those involved, and WA School of Mines Director Sam Spearing will be flying to New Orleans tonight,” Ms Terry said.

According to the New Orleans Advocate, which quoted Police Superintendent Michael Harrison, the pair allegedly met with a drug dealer in New Orlean’s West Bank before the shooting occurred.