Nurse alerted police to Mercy Hospital's 'code black' emergency

FILE - Police swarm Mercy Hospital Southwest in Bakersfield, Calif., amid reports of a shooter on campus, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. Police said they found no evidence of a shooting after searching the hospital. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - A 911 recording from the night Mercy Hospital Southwest issued its "code black" reveals that the call to police for help came from a nurse inside the hospital.

"Have you guys got a report of an active shooter?" a woman's voice can be heard over the call to 911.

"I’m a nurse here, they called a ‘code black’ over the um, intercom. And we called like our chief officer of the hospital and they didn’t know about it being a drill, so as far as we know it’s real," the nurse said.

“Code black” means there is an active shooter reported.

Police never found a gunman in their sweep of the hospital campus.

The nurse said she had not heard any shots fired, but was audibly shaken, her voice beginning to crack as she provided her personal phone number to police.

The day after police swarmed the hospital, Mercy officials told Eyewitness News they followed proper protocol.

"We have trained personnel who in turn make the announcement overhead and start making notifications," said Shad Reeves, director of safety, security and emergency preparedness for Mercy Hospital.

Police records show that less than two minutes after the nurse's call, officers then called Mercy Southwest's security team to confirm the threat.

"Someone initiated a 'code black,' which means someone with a gun, but we're searching, and we're not finding anybody,” a security officer told police over the phone. “So, if you want to send a few officers here to help us out, that would be great."

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