Family of Oakdale Shooting Victim Wants Suspect to Get Max

Updated: 03/26/2013 6:47 AM KSTP.com By: Cassie Hart

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.

The second mental health evaluation is due in about six weeks.

For the first time, Devin Aryal's mother Melissa saw the man accused of killing her son and shooting her in the arm.

She says she felt hatred toward Nahn Tran and that it is "ridiculous" he may be civilly committed to a state hospital if he's found guilty of the murder. Melissa believes Tran needs to be held accountable for his actions and hopes he will be sentenced to the maximum time in prison for allegedly killing her son. Melissa Aryal also said she felt hatred for Tran's family, who was sitting in court today. She believes if he is mentally ill, his family could have gotten him help so the death of her son could have been prevented.

Nahn Tran's family released a statement today saying: "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."

The Tran family said they hope the courts will get Nahn the help he needs and that their family is mourning along with Devin Aryal's family, saying their hearts hurt for them and the others who were injured.

But the Washington County Attorney Pete Orput disagrees. "Treatment is available for anyone in this state regardless of your ability to pay; that's why we have Medicaid and a number of other programs. For someone to say they committed a crime because they weren't able to get their mental health treated, which would have precluded them from committing the crime, is in my view, that's not plausible," said Orput.he second mental health evaluation is due in about six weeks.
For the first time Devin Aryal's mother Melissa  saw the man accused of killing her son, and shooting her in the arm.
She says she felt hatred toward Nahn Tran, and that it is ridiculous he may be civilly committed to a state hospital if he's found guilty of the murder. Melissa believes Tran needs to be held accountable for his actions and hopes he will be sentences to the maximum time in prison for allegedly killing her son. Melissa Aryal also said she felt hatred for Tran's family, who was sitting in court today. She believes if he is mentally ill, his family could have gotten him help, so the death of her son could have been prevented.
Nahn Tran's family released a statement today saying: "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."
The Tran family said they hope the courts will get Nahn the help he needs. And that their family is mourning along with Devin Aryal's family, saying their hearts hurt for them and the others who were injured.
But the Washington County Attorney Pete Orput disagrees. "Treatment is available for anyone in this state regardless of your ability to pay that's why we have Medicaid and a number of other programs. For someone to say they committed a crime because they weren't able to get their mental health treated which would have precluded them from committing the crime, is in my view, that's not plausible," said Orput.

Tran is accused of killing a nine-year-old boy by standing in the street and firing indiscriminately at passing cars. He told investigators he did it because people had been waking him up by revving their engines in front of his home, according to a search warrant affidavit.

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 Aryal died in the shootings, and his mother and another woman were wounded. Two other motorists escaped as they were being fired upon, according to the criminal complaint.

Tran told investigators that "cars had been following him around for a while, and the persons driving the cars had been revving up their engines while parked in front of his house waking him up," the affidavit said. "Nhan Tran said this is why he shot at the cars tonight."

Prosecutors said Tran had roughly 200 rounds of ammunition stuffed into his jacket pocket, a backpack, and the fanny pack he was wearing when arrested several blocks away.

He was also carrying two loaded 9 mm magazines and two large knives at the time. A loaded 9 mm handgun with a bullet in the chamber was found just feet from him. He admitted he tossed the gun aside when he saw authorities closing in, the criminal complaint said.

The next hearing is May 10.