Bakersfield Memorial Hospital: Possible Active Shooter Reported At California Health Center

UPDATE: 5:33 p.m. EDT—Bakersfield, California, police confirmed on Twitter that the department responded to reports of an active shooter at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital at 1:36 p.m. local time. Police said that there were no injuries reported and no evidence of a shooting but added that officers were still working to clear the hospital.

The public was asked to stay clear of the area as police continued to investigate.

Original story:

A possible active shooter situation was reported at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital in Bakersfield, California, on Tuesday.

The Kern County Fire Department confirmed that a potential active shooter was reported at the facility but that there were no reports of shots fired. Kern County Fire said emergency responders were working to get to the scene and stabilize it.

The facility was on lockdown, according to The Bakersfield Californian. Authorities asked everyone to avoid the areas in and around the hospital.

Bakersfield police did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for additional information. Bakersfield Memorial Hospital Foundation employee Sue Benham told the Californian the hospital had issued a "Code Black" and said she was sheltering in place behind a locked door.

Bakersfield Memorial is located about 140 miles north of Los Angeles. The hospital provides emergency services, cardiovascular care and pediatric services, among others.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Reported potential active shooter. No reports of shots fired. Emergency responders working to quickly and safely stabilize the scene. More information to follow. #KCFD #BKFD #KCSO #BPD #HALL

— Kern County Fire (@kerncountyfire) December 4, 2018