In Los Angeles, 2 adults and an 8-year-old student were killed and another child wounded, in a shooting in an elementary school classroom in San Bernardino, California.
The incident is believed to be a murder-suicide, law enforcement officials said.
Police confirmed that a male gunman, identified as 53-year-old Cedric Anderson, entered a North Park Elementary School special education classroom on Monday morning and opened fire on a female teacher – 53-year-old Karen Elaine Smith, his wife.
Smith died from her injuries sustained during the shooting and Anderson died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities have confirmed.
The two students who were hit during the shooting were not targeted, police have said. They were, however, standing behind Smith when Anderson opened fire in the classroom.
Police said that one of the children wounded during the shooting had died and the second child is in stable condition.
Police said Smith and Anderson were married for several months but were believed to be estranged. Anderson gained access to the classroom after saying he was there to drop something off to his wife and Investigators have not determined a motive in the killing. Police said that the suspect in the shooting had a history of domestic violence and weapons charges.
Parents of students at the school were told to report to Cajon High School to verify their identities, the school district confirmed. They were then directed to California State University San Bernardino, about a mile away from the elementary school, to reunite with their children.
A spokesman for the university, Joe Gutierrez, confirmed that all students were being transported to the university’s physical education building after initially being routed to its soccer field.
Someone inside North Park Elementary School reportedly made the initial 911 call at 10:28 a.m. to report shots being fired, said Maria Garcia, communications officer for the San Bernardino Unified School District.
North Park Elementary School will be closed for at least the next two days following the incident, according to Dr. Dale Marsden, superintendent of San Bernardino City Unified School District.
“I would like our community and our nation to keep our families and students in prayer,” Marsden said. “Our hearts are broken. … This is truly tragic.”
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