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$2 million bail for Oakdale 'random' shooter

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A memorial for Devin Aryal at a vigil for the fourth grader shot and killed in Oakdale, Minn. A memorial for Devin Aryal at a vigil for the fourth grader shot and killed in Oakdale, Minn.
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Bullet holes in the windshield of a vehicle randomly shot at in Oakdale , Minn. Bullet holes in the windshield of a vehicle randomly shot at in Oakdale , Minn.
STILLWATER, Minn. (KMSP) -

The man charged with killing a 9-year-old boy and wounding two other people in Oakdale, Minn. on Monday night made his first court appearance Wednesday morning in Washington County.

Nhan Tran, 34, is facing six counts of assault and murder charges for the death of Oakdale Elementary fourth grader Devin Aryal and the shootings of two others.

Bail was set at $2 million, with a mental health evaluation ordered. Tran was also ordered to surrender his passport and all firearms.

Tran's public defender told FOX 9 that after hours of talking with him, he saw a very valid reason to ask for a mental health evaluation.

Police have said from the very beginning they're not sure why Tran walked out of his parents' home just after 6 p.m. and started shooting randomly at cars driving by. Tran had more bullets and knives in his backpack when he was arrested. He had a pair of loaded 9mm magazines in his pocket and admitted he could have kept shooting.

Washington County deputies located Tran at about 6:30 p.m in a parking lot located at 486 Hale Avenue North. Authorities say he was about 6 to 8 feet away from the handgun, which was still loaded and had a bullet in the chamber.

The criminal complaint states that Tran admitted to shooting at two vehicles and admitted to reloading at least once in order to continue shooting.

Charging documents allege that when Tran saw law enforcement officers enter the parking lot, he tossed the gun and put his hands in the air.

Tran legally owned the handgun and had no criminal record. He hit at least four cars with bullets, including the minivan Devin Aryal was riding in.

Devin died from his gunshot wound the head. The 9-year-old's mother and another woman, 68-year-old Karen Knoblach, who was driving in a different vehicle, were both injured and are recovering. Doctors had to amputate one of Knoblach's fingers.

In all, Tran has been charged with the following felonies:

  • Second-degree murder -- with intent, not premeditated
  • Second-degree murder -- without intent while committing a felony
  • Second-degree attempted murder -- with intent, not premeditated
  • First-degree assault -- great bodily harm
  • Two counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon

If convicted on all charges, Tran faces a maximum sentence of 154 years in prison and possible fines totaling $58,000.

Missy Aryal says senseless shootings like this have to stop, because no parent should ever have to endure what she's going through right now.

"I was just holding his head in my arms until the ambulance came, just crying hysterically, and I just kind of held onto him," Aryal said.

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