SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA.com) – An 8-year-old boy died when a gunman opened fire in a San Bernardino elementary school Monday morning.
The victim was identified as Jonathan Martinez at a late-afternoon news conference. The shooting occurred in a special needs classroom at North Park Elementary School.
The suspect was identified as 53-year-old Cedric Anderson of Riverside. He was the estranged husband of Martinez’s teacher, Karen Elaine Smith, 53, who was also killed in the shooting.
Just before 10:30 a.m., Anderson entered the classroom, where there were 15 students, a teacher and two aides, according to San Bernardino Police Department Chief Jarrod Burguan.
Without speaking, Anderson opened fire on Smith with a large-caliber revolver. She died at the scene. Anderson then turned the gun on himself, Burguan said.
Two students who happened to be standing behind Smith were struck by gunfire, Martinez and a 9-year-old boy.
“Cedric entered the classroom without saying anything, armed with a large-caliber revolver, opened fire on his wife,” Burguan said. “She was killed in that exchange. There are two students in the classroom that were behind the teacher that were struck by gunfire.”
Both boys were airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center. Martinez died at the hospital, Burguan confirmed. The other boy is stable. His name was not released.
Police said Anderson was able to enter the school by simply telling the front office staff he had something to drop off to his wife. Police said school staff followed all the correct security protocols in admitting him.