Two Curtin WA School of Mines students have been shot in a drug deal gone wrong at New Orleans.
The two men, aged 21 and 23, sustained gunshot wounds after not having money to pay for drugs in a bar.
One victim was shot in the stomach and the other in the chest.
New Orleans police spokesman Dave Badie said that they were still searching for the shooter, according to Perth Now.
“Based on the initial investigation, they were in the French Quarter and caught a cab to the West Bank to purchase drugs,” he said.
“They went there to purchase drugs and the two men were shot by an unknown subject.”
Mr Badie also said he did not know what type of drugs the Australians were trying to buy.
The pair were in the United States as part of the WASM Wombats team which was competing in the 38th Intercollegiate Mining Games in Butte, Montana.
The Wombats won the event, making it their second straight men’s world title. After the games had finished, a group of students went to New Orleans on a private holiday.
Curtin University has confirmed the students are in hospital in stable condition.
“Both students’ families have been contacted and are arranging to travel to the US,” Curtin Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry said.
“The University is providing support and assistance to the injured students and their families. Support is also being provided to the others in the group who were not in the vicinity of the shooting and are unharmed.”