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Garland police arrest man in roadway shootings

Garland police have released the name of the man they arrested Tuesday night in connection with a series of at least six random roadway shootings in Garland and other North Texas cities.

Thai-An Huu Nguyen, 22, was being held Wednesday in the Garland jail, said Officer Joe Harn, police spokesman.

Officials for the Dallas County jail system, however, were waiting for Nguyen to be transferred to them late Wednesday afternoon, said Kim Leach, sheriff's spokeswoman.

Nguyen had been in the county jail before after arrests in October 2006 in Garland. Included were aggravated robbery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, Leach said.

Police arrested him late Tuesday shortly after the sixth shooting outside a restaurant in the 4500 block of West Walnut Street in Garland.

At about 9 p.m. the man drove into the restaurant's parking lot and fired two shots after walking toward the restaurant. No one was injured, Harn said.

An hour and a half later officers pulled the man's car over and arrested him about a mile from the scene at Lawler and Yale.

The man's car matched the suspect vehicle's description – a dark 1990s Honda Prelude with an oversized exhaust pipe, Harn said.

A gun, he added, was found in the man's car.

Harn released the man's name after police in Garland, Mesquite and Richardson each conducted line-ups with Nguyen for witnesses.

In Garland, he added, Nguyen faces two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of endangering a child, and one charge of deadly conduct, Harn said.

The first shooting occurred early Sunday evening at a red light on Buckingham Road, east of its intersection with Shiloh Road.

Other shootings followed Sunday and Monday in Garland, Mesquite and Richardson.

The driver of the first car that was shot, a 22-year-old Garland man, was wounded in the hand and a 20-year-old woman, who was riding with him, was cut by breaking glass on her face and arms, Harn said.

Her 4-month-old daughter, Harn said, "was in a child safety seat in the back seat and was covered with broken glass but was not injured."

The three injured people were all expected to recover from their injuries, Harn said.

About four and half hours later, police got another call on Walnut Street, east of Plano Road.

A 37-year-old Dallas man told police he was sitting at the red light in his Dodge pickup with his 9-year-old son when he "heard gunfire and bullets coming through the driver's door," Harn said.

The man was shot in the abdomen and was transported to Baylor Hospital of Dallas where doctors said his injuries were not life threatening, Harn said. His son was not hurt.

About a half hour later, Garland police received information that Mesquite police had a report of a vehicle being shot at as it exited Interstate 635 onto Oates Drive, but the victim in that incident was not hurt, Harn said.