911 Caller from Oakdale Shooting Shares Story, Audio

Updated: 02/14/2013 11:47 PM KSTP.com By: Naomi Pescovitz

There were 19 emergency calls to 911 in Oakdale Monday night when a man allegedly started firing a gun, hitting three people. 9-year-old Devin Aryal was killed.

Derek Lowen lives near the suspected gunman and the spot where shots were fired. He called 911 at 6:14 that evening.

"It wasn't very long after the 911 call when they already had him caught," Derek Lowen said.

On Thursday, Lowen listened to his 911 call for the first time.

"I'm not sure what I heard but I'm pretty sure I heard gun shots a little bit ago. I'm in Oakdale, wondering has anybody made a call?" Lowen asked the dispatcher.

"Yes, we are getting dozens of calls here and the officers are on their way," the dispatcher responded.

"In the parking lot of Twin City hardware, there was somebody who was wandering around the parking lot. And I'm wondering if he was the one firing because he walked across..." Lowen said in the recording.

'Did you see any vehicles involved? We have a report that the shooters are in a vehicle," the dispatcher said.

A criminal complaint mentions a man with a firearm in the parking lot of Twin City Hardware. At 6:32 p.m. police found a suspect, Nahn Tran, on the 400 block of Hale Avenue North.

"Is everybody, does everybody seem to be safe now?" Lowen asked during his call to 911.

"We have a report of a victim," the dispatcher responded.

There is now a memorial at the corner of 7th Street and Hadley Avenue. Each day, Lowen has helped clear a path in the snow so people can contribute to the memorial. He is hoping to someday put a permanent tribute in its place. 

"I was prepared to step in if he had continued firing, but he didn't. So I just observed and reported the best I could," Lowen said Thursday.