A Kern County judge on Wednesday granted a request by defense counsel to have a second psychiatrist examine a 44-year-old man accused of opening fire at a Bakersfield hospital.
The findings from both psychiatrists will then be submitted to the court to determine whether Brandon Clark is competent to stand trial on the 17 felony charges filed against him.
Clark, of Big Sur, did not attend Wednesday's hearing in Kern County Superior Court. His public defender, Paul Cadman, told Judge Michael G. Bush that Clark was scheduled to undergo surgery Wednesday, and it's unclear when he'll be medically cleared to appear in court.
Cadman recommended the second psychiatrist not attempt to interview Clark for five to seven days to give him time to recover.
Bush set the next hearing in the case for May 23.
According to court documents, Clark shot through a glass door on the south side of Bakersfield Heart Hospital, located on Sillect Drive.
He entered the hospital, walked down hallways, entered the hospital's administration area and finally exited through the same door where he had first entered.
Clark threatened multiple people with a rifle while inside the hospital, the documents said.
Two officers confronted him in the parking lot, firing a total of six rounds at him. He was wounded and taken into custody.
No one else was injured.
The motive remains unclear, but police said in court documents that methamphetamine was found in his system. He repeatedly said during the incident he was looking for his mother. She is a nurse at the hospital.
Investigators have said they don't believe Clark intended to harm her.
Before heading to the hospital, Clark went to his mother's home in Bakersfield and fired a single shot at her unoccupied residence, according to police.
Among the charges he faces are 11 counts of assault with a semi-automatic firearm on a person.