SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - Authorities said one child has died and two adults are dead after a murder-suicide occurred in an elementary school in San Bernardino Monday morning. The shooting happened at North Park Elementary School, located at 5378 North H Street.
Officers were called to the shooting just before 10:30 a.m.
According to police, Special Needs teacher Karen Elaine Smith, 53, was shot and killed by her husband while she was teaching in the classroom, with 15 students in attendance. Her husband, 53-year-old Cedric Anderson of Riverside, turned the large-caliber revolver on himself after shooting and killing his wife. Anderson died in the classroom as well.
Authorities said Smith and Anderson had not been married very long. We're working to get more information about their relationship.
Two teacher aides were also in the classroom at the time of the shooting, according to police.
Two students were behind Smith when Anderson opened fire. One of the students, 8-year-old Jonathan Martinez, died at the hospital after being injured in the shooting. Police said Anderson used a large-caliber revolver.
The second student that was injured in the shooting is in stable condition at the hospital. The student is nine years old but no other details about the child were expected to be released at this time, authorities said at a news conference Monday afternoon.
Officers said North Park Elementary School will be closed until Monday, April 17. Parents were picking their children up at Cajon High School after North Park was evacuated Monday.
We believe this to be a murder suicide. Happened in a class room. Two students have been transported to the hospital.— Chief Jarrod Burguan (@SBPDChief) April 10, 2017
The school went on lockdown Monday morning while the threat was contained. Schools in the area were placed on precautionary lockdown as well and authorities said students were taken to Cajon High School for safety where they were released to their parents.
Students at the school are be taking to Cajon High School for safety.— Chief Jarrod Burguan (@SBPDChief) April 10, 2017
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner John McMahon tweeted:
We had over 70 deputies respond to Northpark Elementary and our aviation crew transported the young boy. We are sorry we couldn't do more.— John McMahon (@sheriffmcmahon) April 10, 2017
Congressman Raul Ruiz posted on Facebook that his thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims:
Multiple vigils were held in honor of the two victims Monday evening, including a makeshift candlelight vigil outside of the North Park, a prayer vigil at a nearby church, and a vigil by little league baseball players at the local baseball field.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson released a statement following the shooting:
“My thoughts and prayers go out to the students, teachers, staff, and the entire community at North Park Elementary School and the San Bernardino City Unified School District. This is a tragedy, especially for young students, but school officials and law enforcement acted quickly to deal with the event. As we grieve for those who died or were injured, this is also a time to remind all California public schools to make sure they annually update their mandatory school safety plans. The California Department of Education (CDE) can also process a waiver and prevent schools from losing any Average Daily Attendance (ADA) state funding when schools are closed due to an emergency.”
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