Oakdale man charged in shooting spree that killed 9-year-old boy


The man suspected of randomly opening fire in Oakdale Monday night, killing a 9-year-old boy and wounding two others, has been charged.

The Star Tribune reports 34-year-old Nhan L. Tran of Oakdale faces six felony counts including two counts of second-degree murder, attempted murder and assault with a weapon.

Tran is accused of shooting at four vehicles near Hadley Ave. and Seventh St.

Melissa Aryal, 39, was driving her son, Devin, home from daycare when she felt her arm go numb and saw blood. She looked behind her and saw the back windshield broken and Devin slumped over in the back seat. He had been shot several times and eventually died at the hospital.

A woman in another vehicle, 68-year-old Karen Knobloch, was in the car with her three granddaughters when she was shot. Knoblach suffered gun shot wounds to the leg and finger, which had to be amputated.

KSTP reports Tran used a 9mm handgun that he legally owned. According to the criminal complaint, police found numerous bullets and magazines loaded in his jacket pockets. He also had two large knives in his backpack.

Tran admitted to shooting at least two vehicles and acknowledged that there may have been more vehicles behind them. He told police he reloaded at least once.

Prosecutors say there still appears to be no motive for the shooting. At a court hearing Wednesday, Tran told Washington County District Court Judge Ellen Maas that he's been out of work for more than a year. His last employer was 3M.

Tran will undergo a mental evaluation. He is being held on $2 million bail.

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