Man in custody in connection with random shooting that killed boy


An Oakdale man has been booked into the Washington County Jail for second-degree murder and second-degree assault in connection with the Monday night shooting that left a 9-year-old boy dead and sent two others to the hospital. The gunfire broke out in a residential area near the intersection of Hadley Avenue and 7th Street in Oakdale.

KMSP reports that Oakdale police said 34-year-old Nhan Lap Tran was arrested a few blocks away from the site of the gunfire. The gun and ammunition used in the shooting were also recovered. The handgun used in the shooting appears to be legal, and Tran has no police record and has had no prior contact with police. No motive has been established.

Tran's parents live near the area. At a Tuesday afternoon news conference, police wouldn't discuss what Tran has told investigators since his arrest.

Melissa Aryal told the  Pioneer Press that she had just picked up her fourth grade son Devin from day care and they were on the way home when the shooting broke out. Her son, sitting in the back seat, was shot in the head. She was also shot. They were taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where doctors told her Devin could not be saved.

Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Oakdale, located a half-mile from the scene, will hold a community vigil at 7 p.m. tonight. Open to the community, the vigil will be geared at children as they mourn the loss of a fourth grader.

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