UPDATED: Shots Fired, Child Killed After Oakdale Shooting

A series of shots were fired within the vicinity of Rainbow Foods in Oakdale.

Updated (9:12 a.m., Feb. 12):

Oakdale police apprehended the suspect who allegedly shot at two different vehicles Monday evening, injuring two people and killing a 9-year-old boy.

Police received the initial 911 call at 6:10 p.m. The suspect shot at two vehicles off of Seventh Street and Hadley Avenue.  

"This individual for no apparent reason began shooting," said Capt. Jack Kettler of the Oakdale Police Department. 

Nhan Tran, 34, of Oakdale, was apprehended at Fourth Street and Hale Avenue and brought into custody at Washington County Jail, according to jail records.

Police also retrieved a handgun and the ammunition in the area where Tran was arrested. 

The 9-year-old boy was in a vehicle with a 39-year-old female victim; both were found in the Rainbow Foods parking lot with gunshot wounds. A third victim was found at Sixth Street and Hale Avenue with a gunshot wound to the hand, according to the initial complaint. 

The victims were transported to Regions Hospital. The 9-year-old boy's wounds proved to be fatal. Kettler could not comment on the current condition of the other two victims.

Kettler said the suspect has not been charged yet.

"We will probably be here all night investigating the scene," Kettler said. 

In addition to the Oakdale Police and Fire departments, the Washington County Sheriff's Office, Woodbury Police Department and State Patrol responded to the incident. 

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Updated from: 

A series of shootings and manhunt has developed in Oakdale tonight after police were called to the area of the Oakdale Rainbow Foods Store. 

According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, police responded to a shooting in the area near Hadley Avenue and Seventh Street in Oakdale shortly after 6 p.m. Monday. 

Police Clips, a Patch collaborator and police monitor posted scanner feeds after the shooting on its site which detailed both police response and an ensuing manhunt in the area.

The Pioneer Press' Ted Vezner is reporting one woman was shot in the back, and a child was shot in the head. 

More information on the shooting will be posted here at Oakdale Patch as it becomes available. 


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Alfred Bundy February 12, 2013 at 05:08 AM
Described as in his early 30's. Who the F are you liberal scum tryiong to kid? NO RACE? Gee, I wonder if the guy was white????????????? Tell me again about the lie of diversity, aka liberal brainwashing, how it makes life better!
Aaron Burr February 12, 2013 at 05:18 AM
Go home troll...you're drunk.
Cindy Edwards Carmona February 12, 2013 at 05:23 AM
COME ON PEOPLE!!! Can't you keep it clean. A 10 year old boy is dead, his mother is wounded as well as 2 others. Stupid heartless comments are not ok nore should they be tolerated.
WowInOakdale February 12, 2013 at 05:37 AM
I guess it was a Vietnames guy, witness claim. He had black hair tan,asain looking.
WowInOakdale February 12, 2013 at 05:40 AM
I heard the police scanner and they didnt really know his nationality, Oakdale, please learn the difference, between Latino and asain,- the shooter was an as asain vietnames male in his 30s'.
WowInOakdale February 12, 2013 at 05:44 AM
I figured out that the shooting happened down the road too, at Hadley and 7th, this is a 1/2 block south'. Then the shooter went to rainbow's, parking lot, and started shooting into peoples cars,3 other were injured 1 dead.
pam reilly February 12, 2013 at 10:49 AM
the young boy horribloy killed on monday and his mother who was wounded, had just left my DAYCARE !!! I have cared for him for almost 6 years, so please be careful what u write and remember who we lost today, and how many lives this is going to affect....
Debra Brace February 12, 2013 at 12:16 PM
so so so terrible. so sorry for you and all of they're family. This is so tradjec and senseless. white bear lake
Randall Johnson February 12, 2013 at 12:55 PM
Let's NOT discuss who the shooter was. Let's leave him anonymous and nameless. Let's do our best to make him a forgotten nobody, so that others don't think this is the fast lane to getting famous.
Denise February 12, 2013 at 01:45 PM
so very, very sad and senseless indeed...
Oakdale February 12, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Sad a poor little kid who never had the chance to grow up is now dead and his family will never be the same again. My heart cries out to this family! So senseless! My thoughts and prayers are with the family!
Gregory Tommerdahl February 12, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Chief Mikey stepping on babies to mug for the camera at the scene? Scumbag or just stupid? Fire him! -- "It's a horrible situation and certainly lends itself to the concern we have about gun control" said Oakdale Police Chief Mike Sullivan
melpa February 12, 2013 at 04:41 PM
So sorry to hear that a small child was senselessly murdered. I am disgusted and heartbroken, but i fear, with readily available weapons, and more and more people in desperate times and situations, and no real access to healthcare and mental health assistance this will become more and more common. When a person has no prospect of a future or hope of any kind the reality is that they can easily go off and the results are felt by those of us left around.
melpa February 12, 2013 at 04:45 PM
Forgetting the shooter means we are deemed to just sweep it under the rug and say "this is a freak occurrence." While we need to be sure to not glorify or grandiose him in any way, we must look at what happened, what went wrong, and through those answers attempt to mitigate these incidents from occurring again. Sadly, we cannot bring this precious life back, but ignoring the possible motives of the shooter can only lead to another potential child's death. Something is wrong in our society.....i don't pretend to know the fixes, but we need to look at what is going on and not just say, "oh it's a freak thing...move along people...nothing to see here."
Resident of Oakdale February 12, 2013 at 05:23 PM
That's my neighborhood. I feel the police did their job and did it well. Obviously the media will talk with the Chief of Police or any other police spokesperson. Prayers to the families. ALL the families involved. It was a horrific, random act. To Pam, I'm so sorry for your loss, and to your extended-families through your daycare. You must be devastated beyond comprehension. My 8-year old daughter also goes to Oakdale Elementary. Knowing the CHILDREN there will learn today of a classmate being killed makes me nauseous. No way for any of us to wrap our heads around this.
Randall Johnson February 12, 2013 at 05:39 PM
Melpa: You're misconstruing my message. We can discuss every angle of this event without using the name of the killer even once. Many if not most of these people act at least partly for the instant fame they achieve. Deny him that. Discuss motives and methods all you like, just don't give the perpetrator notoriety for it. If random shooters knew they would die in obscurity, I wager we'd have many fewer random shooters. I have a hunch you will agree with me if you pay attention to what it is I'm saying.
melpa February 12, 2013 at 05:54 PM
Randall-I did misread your intentions on your statement and I apologize for that. We are in complete agreement; DO NOT GLORIFY this man or give him fame. I just wanted to be certain that, in that effort, we weren't being dismissive to trying to get to a potential underlying cause. Not that any of this is in any way justifiable, just that it is short sighted to not attempt to understand, as hard as that is, what went wrong so we can give ourselves all opportunities to mitigate potential shootings in the future. Could he have been helped with medical attention and more available crisis centers? Was his gun obtained legally? Were there those “ever-so-familiar, but yet consistently ignored until after the fact” warning signs? What went wrong here? As part of my background in studying human behavior and psychology, I feel it is important to address trigger factors. Even though I understand that some people are sick individuals, there is usually a root cause of this. Since we cannot “fix” people becoming mentally ill, or criminals acting criminally, I often ask what CAN we address and fix. That was my point, and I believe you understand that as well.
Jkgunder February 12, 2013 at 06:37 PM
Wanda February 12, 2013 at 06:40 PM
They lived across the street from my Sister. I would see him every halloween stopping by to get some candy. His Dad works at my Company. This is just horrible. My thoughts and prayers go out to Mom, Dad and the rest of the families of the people that were injured in this senseless act.
Cynthia February 12, 2013 at 06:54 PM
What are we doing for people who feel like killing people? Do we have a hotline for people who feel like they are on the edge? I'm not trying to excuse any of this. There is nothing good to come from any of this. I am just wondering if there is a way to reach people who are feeling like doing this, to help them before there is another person hurt. If we can stop pointing fingers and yelling and judging long enough to be able to hear what can be done about it. What can be done?? Hotline? Can we have an emergency shelter with counselors and medication therapies? Surely it would be cheaper than constantly trying to hunt down killers, putting them through expensive trials and then even more expensive jail sentences. Can we put more resources into prevention and help????
Hannah Gruber (Editor) February 12, 2013 at 07:11 PM
Here is more info. There is also supposed to be a news conference this afternoon. I'll update this when I get more info. http://oakdale.patch.com/articles/oakdale-shooter-suspect-identified-boy-killed-was-oakdale-elementary-student
Christine Soley February 12, 2013 at 09:48 PM
Our entire community is shocked and grieving from the terror infllicted on these innocent people. Prayers for peace to the families, their loved ones and their friends. Please keep us posted on any way we can help.
Hannah Gruber (Editor) February 12, 2013 at 09:50 PM
It's very tragic. I do believe there is a vigil tonight for Devin at 7 p.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church.
ava smith February 13, 2013 at 02:07 AM
I'm appalled.
L February 13, 2013 at 02:36 AM
I'm heartbroken for the family. So very sad.
pam reilly February 13, 2013 at 07:07 PM
thank you very much, he has a giant void in our daycare and our hearts, i have posted many pics on facebook of our time together, feel free to check them out... he was a wonderful child who i had the pleasure of 6 years of watching him grow up... he will be deeply missed and never forgotten...
Hannah Gruber (Editor) February 13, 2013 at 07:14 PM
Tran has been formally charged: http://oakdale.patch.com/articles/oakdale-suspect-charged-in-shooting-incident-that-killed-9-year-old-boy He also admitted to opening fire on all of those vehicles.
pam reilly February 13, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Such a wonderful turn out at the Vigil for Devin last night, I and all of my Daycare children where there, My heart is deeply sadden for the loss of this wonderful child from our world, i have been posting many pics on FB of the years he and i and the kids spent together at daycare.... we will celebrate our little boy and we will never lose the memories, no one can take that away from us...
Judi Hannah February 14, 2013 at 05:04 AM
We moved out of Oakdale in 2007, since then there have been so many senseless crimes, many of them have been killings. What happened to the quiet city I raised my 3 children in? Does anyone know why it changed in a short amount of time


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