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Competency exam set for man held in Vegas bus shooting case

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Rolando Cardenas appears in court on March 29, 2017. (Armando Navarro/FOX5) Rolando Cardenas appears in court on March 29, 2017. (Armando Navarro/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (AP) -

A judge will decide a man's competency to face criminal charges in the killing of a tourist from Montana and wounding of another man in a shooting on a double-decker transit bus on the Las Vegas Strip.

Rolando Cardenas' defense attorney, Will Ewing, didn't immediately respond Friday to messages about a local judge's decision on Tuesday to refer Cardenas to state court for a mental health evaluation.

Police say "mental issues" may have prompted the 55-year-old Cardenas to open fire with a handgun March 25 on the second level of the public bus.

Cardenas later told investigators he was unemployed and homeless, and he drew a handgun and fired because he felt threatened and wanted to scare a man who sat near him.

His competency hearing is set May 12.

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