STATEMENT: Family of Oakdale Shooting Suspect Nhan Tran
The family of Oakdale shooting suspect Nhan Tran wrote a statement about the death of nine-year-old Devin Aryal.
The shooting rampage happened shortly after 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, in the St. Paul suburb of Oakdale, a few yards from Tran's home. Fourth-grader Devin died in the shootings, and his mother and another woman were wounded.
One mental evaluation had determined Nhan Tran is incompetent to stand trial on six felonies, including murder and attempted murder. However, the judge has ordered a second evaluation from a different psychologist.
"We wanted to let the family of little Devin know that we are mourning along with them in the loss of their son. This tragic event has torn apart our family and our hearts hurt for you and for the others who were injured.
"Our son and brother, Nhan has been ill for several years. He has been tormented by these thoughts of people systematically following and stalking him. He has no idea who they are and why they are doing this to him. He only knows that he is being targeted and has not been able to lead a normal life since this started. We have tried to get him some help but our family does not have health insurance due to his illness.
"We are hopeful that the courts will finally get our son and brother the help that he needs. We are a very private family and are asking that the media respect our need for privacy during this very difficult time. Please do not approach us, call us or park outside of our home. We thank you for you consideration in honoring this request."