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Bakersfield Heart Hospital releases surveillance video of suspected shooter at hospital

Posted at 8:54 PM, Dec 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-04 20:38:29-05

The Bakersfield Heart Hospital has released surveillance video from Friday's shooting at the hospital.

The video shows 44-year-old Brandon Clark waiting outside the employee entrance for about eight minutes. He then shoots the door, enters and roams the hallways for three minutes. BPD says during this time, Clark pointed his gun at several employees but did not shoot anyone.

He then left through the same door. Bakersfield Police confronted him in the parking lot. Two officers, Felipe Juarez and James Montgomery, both shot Clark.

Once the danger was clear, Vice President of Clinical Laura Cunanan says nurses brought him back into the hospital to treat his gunshot wounds.

"The suspect became a patient and we set out to help him. I mean that's what we naturally do," said Cunanan.

Officials said he most recently resided in Big Sur, California according to police. BPD has confirmed he was arrested for multiple misdemeanor charges in Kern County in the 90's including possession of a dangerous weapon.

23ABC reached out to family who gave a written statement saying "Brandon has the biggest heart of anyone I know. He must have been very sick to do this. I know his motives were not malevolent."

BPD is still searching for a vehicle believed to belong to the suspect; the vehicle is described as a 90's gray or silver full-size pickup with Utah license plates. The vehicle may be attached to a flatbed trailer.

According to BPD, Clark is related to an employee of the hospital but the employee was unaware the suspect was there and had no contact with him prior to the incident. Police say it does not appear that the employee was an intended target of the suspect.

Clark is currently in critical condition at a different local hospital. He faces numerous assault and firearms-related charges upon release from the hospital.

The two officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave and a Critical Incident Investigation is underway, per department policy.