Gunman randomly shooting at cars kills 10-year-old

Feb 12 2013 - 11:23am

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A minivan with a shot out back window sits in the parking lot of a Rainbow Food in Oakdale, Minn. on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. Oakdale police say a 34-year-old Oakdale man opened fire randomly at passing vehicles near a Rainbow Foods store about 6:10 p.m. Monday. The boy and his 39-year-old mother were struck in one vehicle. A 68-year-old woman in another vehicle was shot in the hand. All were taken to Regions Hospital. Stark says the boy died of his injuries. The women are expected to recover. The suspect was arrested several blocks away Monday evening, Feb. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Pioneer Press, Ginger Pinson)
A police car sits at a roped off area at Seventh St. and HadleyAve. in Oakdale where a 34 year-old man was allegedly shooting at cars as they drove by on Monday evening, Feb. 11,2013. Oakdale police say a 34-year-old Oakdale man opened fire randomly at passing vehicles near a Rainbow Foods store about 6:10 p.m. Monday. A boy and his 39-year-old mother were struck in one vehicle. A 68-year-old woman in another vehicle was shot in the hand. All were taken to Regions Hospital. Stark says the boy died of his injuries. The women are expected to recover. The suspect was arrested several blocks away Monday evening, Feb. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Pioneer Press, Ginger Pinson)
A minivan with a shot out back window sits in the parking lot of a Rainbow Food in Oakdale, Minn. on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. Oakdale police say a 34-year-old Oakdale man opened fire randomly at passing vehicles near a Rainbow Foods store about 6:10 p.m. Monday. The boy and his 39-year-old mother were struck in one vehicle. A 68-year-old woman in another vehicle was shot in the hand. All were taken to Regions Hospital. Stark says the boy died of his injuries. The women are expected to recover. The suspect was arrested several blocks away Monday evening, Feb. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Pioneer Press, Ginger Pinson)
A minivan with a shot out back window sits in the parking lot of a Rainbow Food in Oakdale, Minn. on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. Oakdale police say a 34-year-old Oakdale man opened fire randomly at passing vehicles near a Rainbow Foods store about 6:10 p.m. Monday. The boy and his 39-year-old mother were struck in one vehicle. A 68-year-old woman in another vehicle was shot in the hand. All were taken to Regions Hospital. Stark says the boy died of his injuries. The women are expected to recover. The suspect was arrested several blocks away Monday evening, Feb. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Pioneer Press, Ginger Pinson)
A police car sits at a roped off area at Seventh St. and HadleyAve. in Oakdale where a 34 year-old man was allegedly shooting at cars as they drove by on Monday evening, Feb. 11,2013. Oakdale police say a 34-year-old Oakdale man opened fire randomly at passing vehicles near a Rainbow Foods store about 6:10 p.m. Monday. A boy and his 39-year-old mother were struck in one vehicle. A 68-year-old woman in another vehicle was shot in the hand. All were taken to Regions Hospital. Stark says the boy died of his injuries. The women are expected to recover. The suspect was arrested several blocks away Monday evening, Feb. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Pioneer Press, Ginger Pinson)
A minivan with a shot out back window sits in the parking lot of a Rainbow Food in Oakdale, Minn. on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. Oakdale police say a 34-year-old Oakdale man opened fire randomly at passing vehicles near a Rainbow Foods store about 6:10 p.m. Monday. The boy and his 39-year-old mother were struck in one vehicle. A 68-year-old woman in another vehicle was shot in the hand. All were taken to Regions Hospital. Stark says the boy died of his injuries. The women are expected to recover. The suspect was arrested several blocks away Monday evening, Feb. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Pioneer Press, Ginger Pinson)

OAKDALE, Minn. -- A gunman apparently firing randomly at vehicles killed a 10-year-old and wounded the child's mother and another woman Monday night, Oakdale's police chief said. The suspect was in custody.

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.

A woman in another car was struck and wounded in the hand, Sullivan said. Both women are expected to recover, he said.

"It appears to be entirely random," Sullivan told The Associated Press. "At this time it appears he was randomly shooting at vehicles."

A 33-year-old man was in custody and was being questioned by investigators, Sullivan said. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported the man lives in the neighborhood.

Authorities believe there are no other suspects and there is no danger to the public, Sullivan said.

"It's sick," Oakdale Mayor Carmen Sarrack told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune on Monday night. "What can you say when a 9-year-old or 10-year-old is killed? ... People are devastated that this could happen in our city."

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