Three people, including a child, were killed and one student critically injured in a 10 April 2017 shooting at San Bernardino’s North Park Elementary School.
Captain Ron Maass confirmed reports that the one of those killed was a special-needs teacher, identified as Karen Elaine Smith, 53. She was shot by her husband, Cedric Anderson, who then killed himself. Bullets also struck two students who were behind Smith, critically injuring one and killing 8-year-old Jonathan Martinez.
Police say there is no further threat:
Former San Bernardino City Unified school board member Judi Penman said the school’s police department “is very well prepared” for situations such as the shooting Monday at North Park Elementary.
“It is one of the most organized and well-prepared police departments around,” she said. “It interacts and trains with the city police department, and they are well prepared for this type of situation,” said Penman, who is currently the president and CEO of the San Bernardino Area Chamber of Commerce.
Police said that Anderson told the front desk that he had a package to deliver to his wife.
San Bernardino mayor R. Carey Davis told reporters that emergency crews were on the scene within minutes:
The police department responded immediately and was onsite to bring to a rest the event, which resulted in the death of two victims at this time, the suspect and the victim that also succumbed to the injuries that the person sustained.
The school will be closed for at least two days while the investigation is ongoing.
This is the second mass shooting in the region in less than two years. On 2 December 2015, fourteen people were killed and 22 more injured at a holiday party at San Bernardino’s Inland Regional Center. The shooters, a married couple named Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, died later that day in a shootout with police.