A child, 10, has been killed in a “random shooting” in a Twin Cities suburb, and police say that a 33-year-old man is in custody following the troubling incident.
The 10-year-old killed in the random shooting has not been identified in press nor has the boy’s mother, who was one of the people wounded in the strange and seemingly motiveless attack.
According to police, the child, 10, was killed when a 33-year-old suspect began shooting at random at vehicles in the vicinity of a local grocery store in Oakdale, Minnesota. Seattle Times reports that the shooting occurred early in the evening Monday and that two were wounded in the bizarre attack:
“Several bursts of gunfire erupted about 6:10 p.m. near a Rainbow Foods store in the eastern Twin Cities suburb, KMSP-TV reported … The gunman fired at a car carrying the 10-year-old and the child’s mother, Oakdale Police Chief Bill Sullivan said. The child died and the mother was wounded in the arm, said Sullivan, who would not say whether the child was a boy or a girl.”
When she learned the child, 10, had been killed in the random shooting, Oakdale Mayor Carmen Sarrack was shocked and horrified. Sarrack commented:
“It’s sick … What can you say when a 10-year-old is killed? … You just feel so bad for the family. They were just out driving by on a February night. It’s just a shame. People here are devastated that this could happen in our city, especially when the nation is grappling with gun control.”
Of the random shooting that killed the boy, 10, the local police chief commented that such occurrences are “happening way too often.” Police have not identified the man in custody following the boy’s murder.