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NEW INFORMATION: Oakdale, MN man charged in shooting that killed boy

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A 34-year-old man has been charged with murder in a shooting spree that left a 9-year-old Oakdale boy dead and two others injured.

Washington County prosecutors charged Nhan Lap Tran of Oakdale with six counts Wednesday.

Authorities say Tran shot at passing cars Monday evening, seemingly at random. Nine-year-old Devin Aryal was shot in the head and died.

The criminal complaint gives no motive. But it does say Tran was found with a 9mm handgun, and several live rounds of ammunition stuffed into his jacket pocket, a backpack and a fanny pack.

The complaint says Tran admitted he shot at vehicles, and that he reloaded at least once so he could keep firing.

He was assigned a public defender, who declined comment because she had no paperwork on the case.
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OAKDALE, Minn. (AP) -- An Oakdale church plans a prayer vigil after an apparent random shooting left a 9-year-old boy dead and his mother and another woman wounded.

The vigil is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Holy Cross Lutheran church.

Craft tables will be available for those who want to write a note or light a candle in memory of a friend or loved one.

Police say a 34-year-old Oakdale man randomly fired at passing vehicles Monday evening in a neighborhood in the St. Paul suburb.

A boy riding in a vehicle with his mother was killed. His 39-year-old mother was injured. A 68-year-old woman in another vehicle was shot in the hand.

Police are holding the suspect on suspicion of second-degree murder and first-degree assault.
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OAKDALE, Minn. (AP) -- Oakdale police say a gunman killed a 9-year-old and wounded two other people in an apparent random shooting.

KMSP-TV reports several bursts of gunfire erupted Monday night near a Rainbow Foods store in the eastern Twin Cities suburb.

Oakdale Police Chief Bill Sullivan says the gunman fired at a car carrying the 9-year-old and the child's mother. Sullivan says the child died and the mother was wounded in the arm.

A woman in another car was struck and wounded in the hand.

The police chief tells the Associated Press a 33-year-old man is in custody and is being questioned by investigators. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the man lives in the neighborhood.

Sullivan says authorities believe there are no other suspects and there is no danger to the public.


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