BPD investigating active shooter call at Mercy Southwest

Hospital explains protocol for code black

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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