9-Year-Old Boy Killed in Random Minn. Shootings
Nhan Lap Tran arrested in shootings near his parents' home
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2013 9:07 AM CST
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(Newser) – A 9-year-old Minnesota boy was killed during a series of apparently random shootings last night. An assailant terrorized a residential area for about 30 minutes, walking down the middle of the street shooting at passing cars, the Pioneer Press reports. Nhan Lap Tran, 34, was arrested in the shootings, which took place in an area around his parents' home, where neighbors say he either lives or visits often. At least four cars were shot in a radius of several blocks; the dead boy's mother and another motorist were also injured.

"He was just walking diagonally down the middle of the street. Then he turned toward me and just started firing," says one witness. "He was just walking, not even running. It was crazy." The boy's mother pulled her minivan, with the back window and both rear tires shot out, into a nearby grocery store parking lot for help; her son had been shot in the head and died later at a hospital. She was shot in the arm. A third victim, a 68-year-old woman, was hit in the finger and leg and had to have her finger amputated. Her vehicle was hit by six rounds. "My three sisters were in the car; they just yelled, 'Go!'" says the woman's granddaughter. The victim pulled into a nearby parking lot and a man who stopped to help also saw his tires shot out.

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YankeeJane
Feb 13, 2013 3:41 PM CST
Why arrest him? They should've shot him, there and then. If he is caught in the act, he is guilty.
Flatus_Antiquus
Feb 12, 2013 4:23 PM CST
Where'n th' hell were all the "gun totin' Minnesotans?" If this maniac had been walking down the street swinging a bat, would the kid be dead? If he had a knife, would the kid be dead? " ... terrorized a residential area for about 30 minutes, walking down the middle of the street (swinging a bat) at passing cars," No, guns don't cause this insanity. They only make it much, much more dangerous.
Just_Dave
Feb 12, 2013 3:54 PM CST
BrushMan, why did you choose to become a troll?