Devin Aryal, 9, Killed During Random Minnesota Car Shooting Spree

Wed, February 13, 2013 2:21pm EST by 5 Comments
MN Boy Shot Killed
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A crazed gunman, who fired at vehicles along side of the road near an Oakdale, Minn. supermarket on Feb. 11, shot an innocent 9-year-old. The boy, who was in the car on his way home from daycare, died at the hospital.

After being picked up from daycare, Devin Aryal, 9, was shot dead in a car with his mother, Melissa Aryal on Feb. 11. She was also wounded in the middle of the shooting spree. Nhan Lap Tran, 34 allegedly fired at random vehicles along side of a road with a handgun.

“It all happened really fast,” Melissa told the Pioneer Press. She said that she pulled over when she saw she was bleeding from a wound in her arm. She then saw little Devin slumped over in his seat. “Just hearing his breath, I had hope,” she added. The shooter also managed to burst their car’s tires.

Melissa drove to the nearby supermarket Rainbow Foods and screamed for help, according to witnesses. They were rushed to Regions Hospital in St. Paul where Devin was pronounced dead. There was a second female driver, who was also wounded in the hand. Melissa and this woman are expected to recover.

Why Alleged Shooter Nhan Lap Tran Went On Shooting Spree

Police Chief Bill Sullivan held a news conference on Feb. 12. According to Chief Sullivan, Tran doesn’t have a criminal record. “He was shooting the vehicles randomly,” Chief Sullivan said about the shooter, and added there is no known motivation for the violent crime.

Chief Sullivan said that Nhan legally owned the handgun he fired, according to the Huffington Post, and the authorities are not aware of any mental illness he may have.

“It’s sick,” Oakdale Mayor, Carmen Sarrack told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “What can you say when a 9-year-old or 10-year-old is killed? People are devastated that this could happen in our city.”

According to Huffington Post, Sullivan said Nhan was arrested on Feb. 11 after police responded to the scene on a report of a shooting. It was also reported that the alleged shooter was arrested about a half-mile away from where the shooting started. He was in custody on Feb. 12 for allegedly committing second-degree murder and first-degree assault.

So sad. Our thoughts are with Devin’s family during this difficult time.

– Nicole Weaver

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Posted at 5:29 PM on February 16, 2013  

I do my research, Tiffany. I live 60 miles from where this happened. These people are a horrible problem in this area – so much mental illness – Hmong especially. I work in a mental hospital, so I know what I am talking about. They think nothing about killing other people, like they were hunting animals or something. I agree that all people from all nations commit horrible crime, but a bigger percentage of Hmong and Vietnamese have mental problems and lash out in this manner. Did you know that about this area??? Did you do your research, Tiffany???? Maybe you should before you speak/type!!

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Posted at 12:54 AM on February 14, 2013  

These damn Asians are NUTS!!! Just like the one that randomly shot and killed several hunters in nearby western Wisconsin several years ago…they are so unpredictable!!!

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Posted at 6:09 PM on February 15, 2013  

You’re a racist. and you must be stupid as well. Every RACE has been in the news lately. EVERYONE is capable of being crazy. Not just Asians. Do your damn research and think before you speak/type.

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Posted at 7:34 PM on February 13, 2013  

AMEN… S.V.K. I find it odd that all these shootings are happening right when the government wants to take our guns away. Are they trying to scare the public so they vote yes to no guns? Then when we are unarmed NEW WORLD ORDER comes in and swoops us into slaves. yes how ironic right when Korea wants to test their nuclear weapons do they allow women to be front runners. The government will and does do these kinds of things to rally the people. How sad. And to those who are just nuts and do this by themselves taking away guns will prompt them to stab everyone with a butcher knife. A psycho who wants to kill will use whatever it can to get its mission accomplished. Our forfathers put right to bear arms into the declaration to prevent what they saw a possibility.

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Posted at 4:08 PM on February 13, 2013  

What the Hell is happening to people? This innocent little boy who had a right to a life.I think when someone does this they are taken and shot on the spot! so tried of the excuses,oh they had a mental problem,this man was without a soul, a reprobate,this is a generation of godless people and it is only the beginning. Our jails are full.We talk about mankind killing earth and at the same time each other.No wonder people are arming themselves,If I had been there and this man was in my sight and I saw what he was doing, Well he wouldn’t be going to jail. It would be me,as our courts protect the murderers.

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