A garda is recovering in hospital after being shot during a mugging while on holiday in New Orleans in the US.

Garda Brian Hanrahan, 30, from Killenaule in Co Tipperary, was on holiday with his father.

Police received reports of a shooting off New Orleans Street in the 7th ward at about 5.40am yesterday.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found Mr Hanrahan lying in the driveway of a residence 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.

Mr Hanrahan told police that he went to an ATM and withdrew $200.

When they reached the location on New Orleans Street, he encountered an unknown man who asked him for money.

When he refused, he told police that the suspect shot him and took his money.

The suspect then fled on foot. New Orleans police say the investigation is ongoing.

Mr Hanrahan is a married father-of-one, stationed at Newcastle West in Limerick.

Local Fine Gael TD Patrick O'Donovan, who knows Garda Hanrahan, said he is well known in the town and wider area.

Mr O'Donovan said it was shocking news for his family, colleagues and friends in the town, adding that it is not the type of news you expect to hear from someone who has gone to a well-known city on holidays.