Police: 2 dead, 2 injured in possible murder-suicide at San Bernardino elementary school

SAN BERNADINO, California — Jonathan Martinez, 8, one of two students hit by gunfire, has died after a shooting at North Park Elementary School in San Bernadino, California, San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said.

The shooter was identified as Cedric Anderson, 53 of Riverside, Burguan said. Anderson later took his life, police said.

Anderson entered a special needs classroom and opened fire, killing his wife, Karen Elaine Smith, also 53, Burguan said.

 

The San Bernardino County Fire first confirmed there were multiple victims at approximately 10:45 a.m. but did not provide a count.

Two students were also injured, and are listed in critical condition at area hospitals, San Bernardino Police Lt., Michael Madden Madden said.

The names and ages of the students are not being released, pending notification of family.

Police do not believe the two children were targeted; they happened to be near the female adult in what may have been a multigrade classroom.

"This is a tragic incident that has befallen our city," Madden said.

San Bernardino Police Capt. Ron Maass, the incident commander, said the suspect had gone to the classroom to visit the female victim, who was an instructor. There is no indication the suspect's handgun was visible when he entered the school, Maass said.

The man signed in at the front office before going to the classroom, according to Maass. He said he believed the suspect was known to the front office.

The chief said students at the school were being taken to Cajon High School for safety.

The elementary school is located at 5378 N. H Street and the  high school is located at 1200 W. Hill Dr.

North Park parents should are asked to go to the high school and have a picture ID in order to pick up their students, the San Bernardino City Unified School District tweeted. 

In addition to North Park, Cajon Elementary School, Hillside Elementary and Cal State University San Bernardino were also placed on lockdown, according to the school district.