UPDATE (2/28): Three people were arrested during a gathering at Kern Medical Saturday night for resisting police and refusing to leave the area.
The Bakersfield Police Department said at around 9:18 p.m., officers were sent to the hospital after receiving reports of a large crowd outside of the hospital following a shooting at MLK Jr. Park. When they arrived, the department said officers saw numerous people fighting with each other.
BPD declared the gathering an unlawful assembly due to the fighting as well as reports of weapons, the department said. Officers then attempted to disperse the crowd but were met with physical and verbal resistance, according to BPD.
The department said officers were ultimately able to disperse the crowd with the assistance of the Kern County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol, allowing for patients and Kern Medical staff to be able to safely enter the facility.
BPD said there were minor uses of force by officers in breaking up the gathering but provided no specifics.
Three people were arrested for failing to disperse and for willfully resisting, obstructing or delaying law enforcement officers, the department said.
In addition, a man named Clifford Givan was also arrested in connection with the shooting at MLK Jr. Park. He was booked into the Kern County Jail on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm and participating in a criminal street gang.
(2/27): BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Multiple law enforcement officers have been called to Kern Medical after a crowd gathered in the hospital’s parking lot.
A large crowd gathered at the hospital following a reported shooting at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park before 9 p.m., but it was still unclear if the crowd at Kern Medical was connected to the shooting.
Sheriff’s deputies and police and California Highway Patrol officers arrived to keep people away from a hospital entrance.
Video from independent videographers shows dozens of people in the parking lot. Several law enforcement officers could be seen with riot gear.
We will update this story as we learn more information.