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NEWORLEANS- The three-year-veteran officer who was shot during an attempted robbery Saturday remains hospitalized in intensive care Monday, according to NOPDspokesperson Remi Braden.

Officer John Passaro is in 'good spirits,' according to Braden, who said he continues to make progress in his recovery.

Braden said Passaro and his family have been touched by all of the visitors who have come to show their love and support.

While Passaro recovers, police continue to look for the suspect who shot him twice while after being thwarted in an attempt to have employees at the Dollar General Store near Poland and St. Claude, open a safe.

Braden said that an updated description obtained by detectives after conducting several interviews is as follows: African-American male with a light complexion, between the ages of 35 and 40 years, standing approximately 5'7 and weighing approximately 140 to 150 lbs. The suspect utilized an unknown make and model .380 semi- automatic handgun that was both black and chrome with a short barrel. The morning of the shooting the suspect was wearing a plain gray zip up hoodie jacket, dark or blue jeans and an unknown type of shoes. He wore a pair of dark, wrap-around sun glasses and a white bandana with blue paisley print on it that was positioned over the bridge of his nose and covered his mouth as well. He was also in possession of a black draw string bag with a white Nike 'Swoosh' emblem on it.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts can call 9-1-1 or Crimestoppers at 822-1111. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous.

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