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Boy Killed By Man 'Shooting At Loud Cars'
A Minnesota man accused of killing a nine-year-old boy by shooting randomly at passing cars said he did it because the noise of revving engines had had been waking him up, according to a search warrant affidavit.
Nhan Lap Tran, 34, is charged with six felonies, including murder, over the shooting on February 11.
The search affidavit says 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 court filing also said the date "12/12/12" was written all over his bedroom walls.
Police also found a note in Tran's bedroom upon his arrest that read: "Random Kill, Fake Plates," according to The St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Tran's attorney did not immediately comment on the newly released information.
Prosecutors said Tran had previously admitted to the shootings but had not given a motive. A judge has ordered him to undergo a mental health evaluation.
The shooting happened on a road just outside Tran's home in the St Paul suburb of Oakdale.
Devin Aryal was shot in the head and killed as he travelled in his family's minivan.
His mother, Melissa Aryal, and a woman in another car were wounded. Several other motorists fled as their cars were fired upon.
Witnesses said they saw Tran standing calmly in the street and shooting at cars as they passed, seemingly at random.
"He was nonchalant," said Cheryl Russell, an Oakdale resident who saw the incident.
Police said Tran had a 9mm handgun and roughly 200 rounds of ammunition stuffed into his pockets and a bum bag when they arrested him on Monday. He also had two large knives.
A loaded 9mm handgun, which he apparently tossed aside when police approached, was found a few feet away from him, police said.
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We had a lot of revving car engines in this area but I "think" it stopped after numerous complaints. A lot of revving occurs due to winter conditions.