Gunman in Calif. Shooting Was Teacher's Estranged Husband

Boy, 8, has died from his injuries
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 10, 2017 6:16 PM CDT
Boy, 8, Dies in California School Shooting
Emergency personnel respond to a shooting inside North Park Elementary School on Monday, April 10, 2017, in San Bernardino, Calif.    (Rick Sforza)

Authorities say a man was estranged from his wife before he shot and killed her in a special-needs classroom in San Bernardino in a murder-suicide that also left a student dead, the AP reports. Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said Monday at a news conference that 53-year-old Cedric Anderson and 53-year-old Karen Elaine Smith had only been married for a few months and estranged for at least a month. Smith was a teacher in the special-needs classroom for students in first through fourth grades where the shooting took place. An 8-year-old student was hit by gunfire and died, while a second 9-year-old boy was wounded and is in stable condition.

Burguan says "no one has come forward to say they saw this coming." Burguan also said Anderson had a criminal history of weapons charges, domestic violence, and possible drug charges but didn't provide details. Police say he said nothing and opened fire on his wife with a large-caliber revolver. The two children struck by gunfire were standing behind Smith. Police identified the boy who died as Jonathan Martinez. (More school shooting stories.)

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