Shooting

Bakersfield Police shot a man who had fired at a glass door with a gun Friday night at Bakersfield Heart Hospital.

Joseph Luiz / The Californian

The Bakersfield Police Department has identified the man who shot through a glass door at Bakersfield Heart Hospital on Friday as Brandon Clark, 44, a resident of Big Sur.

The department said Clark is related to an employee at the hospital but had no contact with them prior to the incident and that the person does not appear to have been a target. No additional information was provided on why Clark was at the hospital or how long he was there.

Police officers responded to the hospital, located on Sillect Avenue, at around 4:43 p.m. Friday after getting reports from hospital staff of a man outside the hospital with a weapon. The hospital was placed on lockdown.

The department said Clark had fired several shots at a glass door near the back of the hospital in an attempt to get in. After going in and coming across a hospital security officer, however, he went back outside, at which point two officers came upon him and shot him.

No information was given on what caused the officers to fire their weapons.

Clark was taken to a hospital, where police now say he is in critical condition. BPD said Clark may have been under the influence of drugs during the shooting.

No one was injured in the incident and no shots were fired in the hospital, police said.

The department is looking for a vehicle they believe belonged to the suspect. It is a ’90s gray or silver pickup truck with Utah license plates. Police say the vehicle may have been attached to a flatbed trailer.

Police say Clark will be arrested once he’s in stable condition. He is facing assault and firearm charges.

The two officers involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave. The department said an investigation into the shooting is still ongoing.

Anyone with information is urged to call the police at 327-7111.

Joseph Luiz can be reached at 395-7368 or by email at jluiz@bakersfield.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @JLuiz_TBC. 

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