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Teacher, 8-year-old and gunman dead after murder-suicide at San Bernardino elementary school
CHRISTOPHER BRENNAN Apr-10-2017 538 0


A California gunman shot and killed his wife and one of her 8-year-old students at a San Bernardino elementary school before turning the gun on himself, officials said.

Jonathan Martinez, 8, was near his teacher Karen Smith when her husband opened fire in her special needs classroom at North Park elementary, police said at a Monday press conference. 
Cedric Anderson, 53, is believed to have said he needed to drop something off to Smith, also 53, concealing a handgun before terrifying her 15 students and two teachers aides.

Another boy, 9, was wounded in the gunfire, but was in stable condition late Monday.

San Bernardino police said that the children were not targeted, but were "the unfortunate victims of injuries from being in close proximity" to his instructor, with Jonathan pronounced dead shortly after arriving at a local hospital by helicopter. 

Cedric Anderson, 53, is believed to have entered Northpark Elementary in San Bernadino and shot and killed his estranged wife Karen Smith. (Facebook)

Anderson, who police said may have been recently estranged from Smith after a brief marriage, is believed to have reloaded at least once before shooting himself in the head with a revolver.

Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said that the suspect had a criminal history including domestic violence in a previous relationship.

It was not immediately clear what led to the shooting. 

A Facebook profile that appeared to belong to Anderson showed him and Smith on a "date night" at the beginning of March.

Smith was known for being "a very nice and generous and honest teacher," fifth-grader Camron Marshall told the Daily News.

The 10-year-old added that he was exhausted after a day of chaos at the Southern California school, filled with crying teachers who told him to duck for cover.

Roughly 600 students were evacuated by bus to nearby California State University San Bernardino for safety.

Some parents spent hours waiting to be reunited with their young children.

"It's a parent's worst nightmare. I heard about it at work and just took off, heading for the school," dad Jose Ramirez told the Daily News.

The shooting, which quickly gathered national attention, came less than a year and a half after a massacre hit the city in December 2015.

San Bernardino was the site of a mass shooting in December 2015 that left 14 people dead at a holiday party at the Inland Regional Center.

The shooters — married couple Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik — were killed hours later in a police shootout.

"We still haven't really healed from the massacre at the Inland Regional Center. And for this to happen at an elementary school, it's tantamount to pure evil," the Rev. Arnetta Carpenter, a 70-year-old waiting for her grandchildren at a local high school, told The News.

Monday's shooting also evoked memory of other shootings in recent years, particularly the Newtown massacre where 20 children were killed in 2013.

Gabby Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman shot at a 2011 event in Tucson, posted on Twitter, "elementary school classrooms should be safe places, full of kindness — never horror."

   
     

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