A LIMERICK couple were at the hospital bedside of their son in a New York hospital yesterday where he was recovering from a bizarre shooting incident involving a security man.
Gerard Hourigan, 29, from Upper Grange, Bruff, was shot in the stomach in the early hours of Saturday after he and his friend, Justin Donaghy, also 29, who is from Navan were confronted by an armed security man at a bowling alley in Queens.
Security guard Michael Iavecchio saw them smoking in a hall, flouting New York laws.
Police are investigating claims by the 54-year-old security guard that when he was escorting them off the premises the two Irishmen attacked him.
Iavecchio, a retired prison officer, had a licence to carry a weapon.
He pulled out his .380 Ruger and fired two rounds.
Hourigan was shot in the side and Donaghy in the stomach.
Both men were rushed to Elmhurst Hospital where they are expected to make a recovery.
Police arrested Iavecchio at the scene and charged him with two counts of second degree assault.
Mr Hourigan’s parents, Tony and Eileen and brother, Ray, have travelled to New York and have visited their son at Elmhurst Hospital.
New York sources said the two victims may be charged with menacing when they are allowed out of hospital.
Gerard Hourigan was last home in January 2009 to attend the funeral of his 13-year-old cousin, Maura Hogan, who was hit by a bus at Ballyneetty while on her way to catch a school bus.
Ray Hourigan said: “Gerard works here as an electrician and is married to Julie. He has been here (New York) since 2003 and is in intensive care at the moment and getting good care.”
Former TD, Cllr Eddie Wade said the thoughts of local people are with the Hourigan family.
He said: “I wish him well and we are all thinking of him at this time.”
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