Report concludes Oakdale shooting suspect is mentally incompetent

A psychologist has concluded that a man suspected of randomly shooting at cars in Oakdale is not mentally competent to stand trial.

The report was presented Monday during a review hearing in Washington County District Court for 34-year-old Nhan Lap Tran of Oakdale.

Tran is accused of opening fire on passing motorists Feb. 11 near the intersection of Seventh Street and Hadley Avenue. Nine-year-old Devin Aryal was shot in the head and later died at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. His mother, Melissa Aryal, was shot in the arm but survived, and a 68-year-old woman was also shot and lost part of her finger as a result of her injuries.

Tran has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder, one count of attempted murder, one count of first-degree assault and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon.

Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said prosecutors vehemently disagree with the recent report’s conclusion, and submitted a request for a second mental health evaluation, which Judge Gary Schurrer granted.

Another hearing to discuss the second mental health evaluation has been scheduled for May 10.

—  Alex Holmquist

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