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Oakdale man accused of fatal shooting has evaluations for competency

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Nhan Lap Tran, 34, has been charged with six felonies from fatal shooting rampage in Oakdale, Minn., The Pioneer Press reported.
Tran will have a mental health evaluation presented Monday to find if he is competent to proceed with his criminal trail and a second evaluation will determine whether Tran understands the wrongfulness of the alleged act, The Pioneer Press reported.
The 20-minute rampage began at 6:10 p.m. on Feb. 11 near the intersection of Hadley and 7th Street N., about a block away fro Tran's home, The Star Tribune reported.
The charges include second-degree murder with intent but not premeditation, second-degree murder without intent while committing a felony and second-degree murder with intent but not premeditation, The Star Tribune reported.
Tran's public defender requested a mental health evaluation that could lead to a defense of not guilty by reason of mental illness during his first court appearance, The Pioneer Press reported.
The prosecution team "vehemently disagrees" with the evaluation's findings that Tran is incompetent to be tried and doesn't understand what he was doing, Washington County Attorney Pete Orput told The Star Tribune.
The proceeding could halt from the results presented Monday until Tran is found competent to move on which could take months or years, Fred Fink, head of criminal division of the Washington County attorney's office, told The Pioneer Press.

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