The Bakersfield Police Department is still investigating the call claiming there was there was an active shooter at Mercy Southwest last night. Hospital officials tell 23ABC that in order for a code black to be called, an employee must hear shots being fired -- leaving many questions unanswered surrounding why that call was made.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Bakersfield Police Department is still investigating the call that was made last night 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. That code meaning there is an active shooter.
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.
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