SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. -- A gunman killed his wife and an 8-year-old boy in a murder-suicide at an elementary school in San Bernardino, authorities said Monday. A second student was also shot. He was in stable condition at a local hospital.
Police responded to North Park Elementary School, located at 5378 N. H St., at 10:27 a.m. after receiving reports of an active shooter on campus, according to San Bernardino City Unified School District spokeswoman Maria Garcia.
Responding officers found the suspected gunman, Cedric Anderson, and a female teacher dead in a classroom, as well as the two injured students, according to San Bernardino Police Department Chief Jarrod Burguan. Police said the teacher was Anderson’s wife, Karen Smith.
Officials said the children were standing behind their teacher when Anderson allegedly opened fire with a revolver on his wife. Police said the children were not the gunman’s targets.
The two wounded children were transported by helicopter to a trauma center, school officials said. Student Jonathan Martinez, 8, was airlifted to Loma Linda Medical Center after the shooting where he later died from his injuries, police said. The other student was in stable condition.
The gunman had come to the classroom to visit the teacher, police Capt. Ron Mass said. At some point during the visit, he pulled out a gun and began firing. He killed the teacher and wounded two children, who were near her. He then turned the gun on himself, according to Burguan.
The shooting is believed to be a murder-suicide, police said.
Parents could faced hours-long wait before reuniting with students after shooting, according to school officials.
Helicopter video showed students at North Park Elementary School being evacuated. Many were holding hands as they were led across a grassy field and a playground. Police loaded the students on to waiting school buses.
The Disaster Distress Helpline 800-985-5990 provides immediate crisis counseling to people affected by the shooting in San Bernardino.