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911 calls released from Mercy Southwest Hospital 'active shooter' lockdown

Posted at 9:16 PM, Aug 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-16 00:16:59-04

The 911 calls made during the "Code Black" or "active shooter" lockdown at Mercy Southwest Hospital have now been released by Bakersfield Police. 

Audio tapes show an initial call was made on August 1 around 8 p.m. claiming there was an active shooter at Mercy Southwest Hospital. 

According to hospital officials, that call was made to the emergency hotline from a phone inside the hospital, prompting staff to call a "code black". 

When police officials arrived on scene they searched the hospital and found no active shooter. 

Hospital officials also tell 23ABC that a code black should only be called when an employee actually hears shots fired, leaving many questions still unanswered. 

At this time, BPD does not know if the call was made by an employee or a patient. If you have any information regarding the incident contact BPD at (661) 327-7111.