A school shooting in San Bernadino, California has left two adults and one child dead, when a teacher’s husband walked into the special needs classroom where she taught and opened fire.
The target was Karen Elaine Smith, 53, who was killed instantly, while two students standing behind her also got caught in the crossfire. One has succumb to his injuries at a nearby hospital, while another fights for his life. The two children are 8 and 9, respectively.
The shooting was said to stem from a domestic violence issue between Smith and killer, Cedric Charles Anderson, 53. The two had been married just two months prior to this incident. After taking Smith’s life, Anderson turned the gun on himself.
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Two children, including Martinez, were struck by gunfire behind Smith in the apparent murder-suicide shooting, according to police.
Police do not believe the children were targeted.
Police said Anderson came to the special needs classroom, comprised of first and fourth graders, armed with a .357 revolver and opened fire on Smith. He reloaded his handgun at least one time, and used the last round to take his own life, police said.
The children were inadvertently hit as they stood behind Smith, police Chief Jarrod Burguan said at a news conference. They were airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center. Jonathan did not make it to the operating room before dying, hospital officials said.
Monica Garcia, of the San Bernardino Unified School District, said the shooting appeared to stem from a domestic violence dispute involving Anderson and Smith, both of whom were found dead in the classroom. The marriage between the two was relatively short — less than two months long — prior to Monday’s shooting, Burguan said.
The second student, a 9-year-old whose identity has not been made public, was in stable condition at the hospital.
“Our hearts are broken,” said San Bernardino School District Superintendent Dr. Dale Marsden. “This is truly tragic.”