BPD Officers who shot heart hospital gunman identified

Two officers shot the 44-year-old gunman

BAKERSFIELD, California - A Bakersfield Heart Hospital housekeeper named Ashley knew what she had to do Friday afternoon just before five o'clock.

She and a security guard spotted 44-year-old Brandon Clark holding a rifle right outside the hospital's back door, according to police and hospital officials, . 

Ashley acted. 

"She very quickly noticed the gun was hanging from his side--so her quick response time--she came directly to administration, she notified me...she continued on you can see it on video," said Michelle Oxford, Bakersfield Heart Hospital CEO. 

This, just one example of how Bakersfield Heart Hospital employees managed to keep patients, employees, and family safe after the gunman shot through a glass door, and came into the hospital wielding a rifle.

Police say Clark did not shoot anyone inside, and Oxford explained staff's quick reaction helped immensely. 

"He really didn't have the ability to encounter too many people because they were able to rush them out of other areas he was in the two or three minutes he was outside the hospital," she explained.

Clark exited through the same door into the parking lot where he was shot by Bakersfield Police Officers Felipe Juarez and James Montgomery.

Juarez has been an officer since 2006--Montgomery since 2012. 

Neither has shot anyone on the job before, according to police.

Oxford took 17 News through the hospital, showing the now boarded up door.

Bullet holes lined the walls.

Oxford said active shooter training, helped keep those bullets from hitting people.

As of news time the gunman has still not been taken into custody after being in critical condition at Kern Medical.

Bakersfield Heart Hospital is open and running and had another day of counseling available for those affected by the shooting.


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