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Man fires randomly at cars, kills boy

(MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE)┬áThe first court appearance Wednesday of Nhan L. Tran on charges he killed a 9-year-old boy during a shooting spree in his Oakdale neighborhood Monday night quickly focused on Tran’s mental health.

Tran, 34, who came to the United States with his family as a 10-year-old refugee from Vietnam in 1989, appeared pale and bewildered at his arraignment Wednesday morning, less than 48 hours after a random spray of bullets took the life of fourth-grader Devin Aryal. Devin had been riding in the back seat of his mother’s minivan near the corner of Hadley Avenue and 7th Street N.

On Wednesday, Tran was charged with six felony counts. Washington County District Judge Ellen Maas set bail at $2 million, and he remained in the Washington County jail. It will probably be months before a trial is set, likely in 2014, said Washington County Attorney Pete Orput.