SAN BERNARDINO – Survivor Nolan Brandy, who was shot during the North Park Elementary School murder-suicide is healing up well his parents said.
On Monday morning Nolan, 9, and fourteen other students in his class went to school that day expecting a normal day of learning with well-loved Special Education Teacher Karen Smith. The classroom was occupied by Smith’s students ranging from 1st-4th grade and her two instructional aids.
The school office was following normal procedure with no reason to be alarmed when Cedric Anderson, the estranged husband of Smith went to the school. The school did not know that they the two had been separated since their January 28, 2017, wedding ceremony since according to authorities, Smith liked to “keep her private life private”. Anderson told the staff that he needed to drop something off, and the staff after signing him in allowed him on campus.
Smith was teaching the children, which was something she loved to do and had been doing for approximately for 10 years when Anderson entered the classroom. Saying nothing, according to witnesses, Anderson walked in Smith’s direction and pulled out a .357 Magnum [firearm] and began to shoot toward Smith.
Authorities said that it appeared as though Smith was the target, but two children were also struck by the gunfire. Smith also was struck and fatally wounded before Anderson took his own life. One of the children, later identified as 8-year-old Jonathan Martinez was airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center. While he was being rushed into emergency surgery young Jonathan succumbed to his injuries. The other child, 9-year-old Nolan Brandy was rushed to Loma Linda University Medical Center by ground ambulance.
Nolan remains hospitalized and is in good spirits while recovering. He is expected to fully recover with his parents Leon and Rachel Brandy by his side. Leon and Rachel are unbelievably happy that their child’s life was spared and thanked everyone for their prayers and support. The family will undoubtedly incur some expenses as a result of the injuries and recovery that their son will now face. A Go Fund Me Account has been set up on behalf of the family.
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- Nolan-Brandy: Photo provided by SBCUSD