Shooting At Elementary School In San Bernardino Leaves Three Dead, One Student Wounded
Police have secured the area of a San Bernardino elementary school, after two adults were killed and two students injured in an apparent murder-suicide.
The Los Angeles Times reports the shooting happened on Monday (April 10) after 10:30 a.m. PST, at North Park Elementary School. Students at the school were escorted to Cajon High School for their own safety, as well as a pickup point for panic parents. Out of the four victims, one was a teacher and another adult. “We believe this to be a murder suicide,” San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan tweeted. “Happened in a class room. Two students have been transported to the hospital.”
In addition to North Park, Hillside Elementary School and Cajon High School were also placed on lockdown. “It’s a developing situation,” said Eric Sherwin, a Fire Department spokesman told reporters.
Police believe the shooting was a response to a domestic dispute.
UPDATE: 4/11 9:35 AM EST
ABC News reports the gunman, Cedric Anderson, walked into the classroom of Karen Elaine Smith, his estranged wife after telling the staff he needed to “drop something off” for her. Without saying a word, the 53-year-old shot and killed the teacher before turning the gun on himself. Two students who were standing behind Smith were taken to a local hospital, where 8-year-old Jonathan Martinez was pronounced dead. The other student, a nine-year-old boy, has been listed in stable condition.
The two met in 2013 and tied the knot three months ago. Family members of Smith say she recently separated from Anderson due to his controlling behavior. “She thought she had a wonderful husband, but she found out he was not wonderful at all,” said Smith’s mother, Irma Sykes to the LA Times. “He had other motives. She left him and that’s where the trouble began.” Anderson’s past included multiple arrests for weapons and drugs and domestic violence allegations. The two also seemed to disagree on the nature of faith, a factor they once had in common when they first met.
Smith was a beloved special education teacher at North Park Elementary where students called her a “nice” teacher who would “help people that needed help.” Police don’t believe the children were targeted in the shooting. At the time of the shooting, there were 15 children in the special needs classroom, along with two aides.
A prayer vigil was held Monday evening at Our Lady of the Assumption.