Man kills teacher, self at a lo­cal school

8-year-old struck by gun­man dur­ing the as­sault later dies at the hospi­tal

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - BY AN­DREA NOBLE

Two adults and an 8-year-old are dead af­ter a hus­band opened fire on his wife inside a San Bernardino, Cal­i­for­nia, el­e­men­tary school Mon­day morn­ing. The shooter, who had a his­tory of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, turned the gun on him­self af­ter killing his wife, a teacher, and hit­ting two stu­dents stand­ing be­hind her, one fa­tally.

The other stu­dent was hos­pi­tal­ized in sta­ble con­di­tion.

The shoot­ing, which San Bernardino Po­lice Chief Jar­rod Bur­guan de­scribed as a mur­der-sui­cide, took place inside a class­room at North Park El­e­men­tary School.

The gun­man had come to the school to visit the female adult vic­tim, who was a teacher there, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. The two chil­dren who were in­jured were in the same class­room as the teacher, but they were not be­lieved to have been tar­geted by the gun­man.

The gun­man was iden­ti­fied as 53-year-old Cedric Anderson, of River­side, who shot his wife, Elaine Smith, also 53. She was a teacher in the spe­cial-needs class­room for stu­dents in first through fourth grades. Author­i­ties said the gun­man had a his­tory of weapons, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and pos­si­ble drug charges.

The 8-year-old who was killed was iden­ti­fied as Jonathan Martinez.

San Bernardino Po­lice Capt. Ron Maass said the shooter was checked in at the front of­fice by school staff and that he did not dis­play a hand­gun at that time.

The shoot­ing was re­ported around 10:30 a.m. lo­cal time.

Lo­cal TV news sta­tions broad­cast images of chil­dren gath­er­ing on a field out­side the school, wait­ing to board school buses to be taken to Cal­i­for­nia State Univer­sity’s San Bernardino cam­pus, sev­eral miles away. San Bernardino po­lice em­pha­sized that the shoot­ing sus­pect was be­lieved to be dead and that there was “no fur­ther threat.”

Anx­ious par­ents waited hours to be re­united with their chil­dren.

“It’s frus­trat­ing … but also un­der­stand­able,” Holly Pe­nal­ber, whose 9-year-old son and 7-year-old daugh­ter attend the school, told The As­so­ci­ated Press. She called Mon­day’s shoot­ings “ev­ery par­ent’s worst night­mare.”

Grand­mother Al­berta Ter­rell cried with re­lief when she was told that a fam­ily friend saw her 9-year-old grand­daugh­ter get­ting safely onto a bus.

“I won’t be truly happy un­til I see her and can give her a big hug,” she told the AP.

San Bernardino, about 60 miles east of Los An­ge­les, was rocked by vi­o­lence two years ago in a deadly ter­ror at­tack. Hus­band-and-wife shoot­ers stormed a gov­ern­ment hol­i­day party thrown at a com­mu­nity cen­ter, fa­tally shoot­ing 14 peo­ple and in­jur­ing 21 others. Self-rad­i­cal­ized shoot­ers Syed Rizwan Fa­rook and Tash­feen Ma­lik were later killed in a gun­bat­tle with author­i­ties.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS PHO­TO­GRAPHS

Camilo Rocha com­forts daugh­ter Se­rina, an 11-year-old stu­dent at North Park El­e­men­tary School, af­ter a deadly shoot­ing oc­curred at the San Bernardino, Cal­i­for­nia, school. A gun­man en­tered the school Mon­day, shot his wife and him­self, and also fa­tally in­jured an 8-year-old boy who later died of his in­juries at a hospi­tal.

San Bernardino Po­lice Depart­ment Chief Jar­rod Bur­guan told the pub­lic Cedric Anderson en­tered North Park El­e­men­tary School in San Bernardino, Cal­i­for­nia, where he shot wife Karen Elaine Smith and then him­self.

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