(CNN) — A Southern California man fatally shot his estranged wife inside an elementary school classroom attended by special needs children, before killing himself on Monday, San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said.
Two students were injured in the murder-suicide at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino, and one of those children one later died at a hospital, Burguan said.
Burguan said the shooter, Cedric Anderson, 53, of Riverside, walked into the classroom armed with a large caliber revolver and opened fire “without saying anything,” killing Karen Elaine Smith, 53, also of Riverside. Smith was a teacher at the school.
The two students struck by gunfire were standing behind Smith, the police chief said.
Jonathan Martinez, 8, died at Loma Linda University Medical Center after being airlifted from the school, the police chief said. The other student, a 9-year-old boy, was listed in stable condition at the medical center, according to the hospital.
Police do not believe the two children were targeted; they happened to be near the teacher.
Burguan said that at the time of the shooting there were 15 students from grades one through four in the special needs classroom, along with two adult aides.
“This is a tragic incident that has befallen our city,” San Bernardino Police Lt. Michael Madden told reporters.
Burguan said Anderson told employees in the office he wanted to drop something off with his wife and then headed to the classroom. He added that it is not uncommon for a spouse to gain access to a school campus to meet with their partner.
Another tragedy for San Bernardino
Earlier in the day, San Bernardino Mayor R. Carey Davis said: “Far too often in our country and throughout the world, we gather to report this news of tragic events that take place.”
“We will rise to help our parents, our teachers to regroup and to once again gain confidence in our community,” Davis said.
Frantic parents seek to reunite with their kids
On Monday, North Park students were evacuated and reunited with their parents at nearby Cajon High School, police said. Video showed community members lining up to cheer on and give high-fives to students arriving at Cajon High.