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Man charged in Oakdale shootings

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Feb 13, 2013 at 1:03 pm

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (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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