Man charged in shooting of 9-year-old St. Paul boy

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An Oakdale, Minn. man was charged Wednesday in an apparently random shooting Monday that left a 9-year-old boy dead and two others injured, the Pioneer Press reports.

Nhan Lap Tran was charged with second-degree murder, among other counts, in Washington County District Court. The judge also ordered Tran to undergo a mental health examination.

Tran was arrested Monday night, after police say he opened fire on cars on 7th Street in Oakdale. One of those cars was a minivan containing 9-year-old Devin Aryal and his mother, the Star Tribune reports.

Aryal died from multiple gunshot wounds, including one to the head. His mother, Melissa Aryal, was sent to the hospital after being shot to the arm. Another driver was also injured in the attack, which police say appears to be unmotivated.

"It appears to be completely random," Oakdale Police Chief Bill Sullivan said. Tran, who has no previous criminal record, is currently being held on $2 million bail.

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