SAN BERNARDINO – A man, a woman, and an 8-year-old child are dead after what police are saying was a murder-suicide at the Northpark Elementary school in the City of San Bernardino on Monday.
San Bernardino Police responded to the school located at 5378 North H Street to find that two students, a man, and a woman shot. Authorities said that the man later identified as 53-year-old Cedric Anderson of Riverside, who staff was familiar with came to the school to visit his estranged wife, 53-year-old Karen Smith, a special education teacher. The couple had only been married for a little over two months prior to the shooting. Authorities said that Anderson signed in at the school office then proceeded to the classroom.
Although the shots fired were aimed at Smith, two students standing behind her were struck by the gunshots before Anderson turned the gun on himself. One student identified as Jonathan Martinez airlifted and died at the hospital, while the second, a 9-year-old was taken to a local hospital by ground ambulance. The unidentified 9-year-old student remains in stable condition.
Students were evacuated to Cajon High School located at 1200 West Hill Street. Parents were to pick up their children using a valid identification. A crisis hotline has been established, the number is (909)386-8256. Northpark Elementary school officials said that the school will remain closed for at least two days.
San Bernardino County Fire Department responded with six medic engines, 1 medic truck, 1 medic squad, five chief officers and multiple ambulances. “Our hearts and prayers go out to those impacted by the shooting at North Park Elementary in San Bernardino,” San Bernardino County Fire officials said. “We stand united.”
Cedric Anderson and Karen Smith being married in late January 2017.
Cedric Anderson in a video posted in February 2017, about his love for his wife Karen Smith.
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- Jonathan Martinez: San Bernardino PD
- Jonathan Martinez: Twitter
- Karen Smith: SB police
- Cedric Anderson: SB Police Dept.