A gunman killed a student and a teacher, who was his estranged wife, before turning the gun on himself Monday at an elementary school in San Bernardino, police said. A second student was also shot but survived.
The apparent murder-suicide was reported at 10:27 a.m. at North Park Elementary School at 5378 H St., according to police.
The shooter, Cedric Anderson, 53, of Riverside, walked into the classroom armed with a large caliber revolver and opened fire “without saying anything,” killing Karen Elaine Smith, 53, also of Riverside. Smith was a teacher at the school.
The shooting happened in special-needs classroom filled with third and fourth-graders. At the time of the shooting, there was one teacher, two teacher’s aides and 15 students in the classroom, according to Chief Jarrod Burguan of the San Bernardino Police Department.
“Cedric entered the classroom without saying anything, armed with a large-caliber revolver, opened fire on his wife. She was killed in that exchange,” Burguan said. “There are two students in the classroom that were behind the teacher that were struck by gunfire.”
The two students struck by gunfire were standing behind Smith, the police chief said.
Jonathan Martinez, 8, died at Loma Linda University Medical Center after being airlifted from the school, the police chief said. The other student, a 9-year-old boy, was listed in stable condition at the medical center, according to the hospital.
San Bernardino Police do not believe the two children were targeted; they happened to be near the teacher.
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