Psych exam ordered for man accused of firing gun at VA hospital

A federal judge has ordered a mental health evaluation for an Indianapolis man accused of opening fire at a Chicago veterans hospital earlier this month.

U.S. Magistrate Susan Cox said during a hearing Tuesday that there is “reason to be concerned” about 40-year-old Bernard Harvey Jr. as she granted his attorney’s request for an evaluation. Prosecutors didn’t oppose it.

Cox’s comments followed a court hearing last week during which Harvey couldn’t verbally confirm his age. He did not speak during Tuesday’s hearing.

The Chicago Tribune reported that Harvey will remain in federal custody while mental health professionals complete their assessments.

Harvey was arrested on Aug. 12 after he allegedly fired an assault weapon multiple times at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. Nobody was injured.

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