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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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 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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