Thursday 19 October 2017

California gunman who killed student (8) and special education teacher was estranged husband with history of violence

Gunman was identified as Cedric Anderson, 53, of San Bernardino and his wife was identified as Karen Elaine Smith
Gunman was identified as Cedric Anderson, 53, of San Bernardino and his wife was identified as Karen Elaine Smith
This undated photo released by the San Bernardino Police Department shows Cedric Anderson, 53. (San Bernardino Police Department via AP)
This undated photo released by the San Bernardino Police Department shows Karen Elaine Smith, 53. (San Bernardino Police Department via AP)
Police stand watch over students as multiple law enforcement agencies respond to a fatal shooting at North Park Elementary school in San Bernardino, California. Photo: Rick Sforza/Los Angeles Daily News via AP

Olga Grigoryants

A special education teacher and one of her students were fatally shot by her estranged husband when he opened fire in her classroom before killing himself at a San Bernardino, California, elementary school, police said.

A second student was wounded by the gunman, who authorities said had a criminal history that included domestic violence and weapons charges.

Police said the two students, both boys, were believed to have been caught in the gunfire unintentionally as bystanders to Monday's shooting, which took place about 8 miles from where a radicalized Muslim couple killed 14 people in a December 2015 shooting rampage.

City Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said the shooting at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino, about 65 miles east of Los Angeles, was an apparent murder-suicide. It was the latest in dozens of cases of gun violence on school campuses around the United States each year.

The gunman was identified as Cedric Anderson, 53, of San Bernardino and his wife was identified as Karen Elaine Smith. Burguan said the couple had been married briefly and had been separated for about a month or month and a half.

The two students struck by gunfire had been standing behind Smith, the chief said. One 8-year-old boy died from his wounds. A 9-year-old classmate was admitted to pediatric surgery at a local hospital, where he was said to be in stable condition.

This undated photo released by the San Bernardino Police Department shows Karen Elaine Smith, 53. (San Bernardino Police Department via AP)
This undated photo released by the San Bernardino Police Department shows Karen Elaine Smith, 53. (San Bernardino Police Department via AP)

Neither student was related to the dead couple.

If you are affected by any of the issues raised in this article, you can call the Samaritans Helpline on 116-123

This undated photo released by the San Bernardino Police Department shows Cedric Anderson, 53. (San Bernardino Police Department via AP)
This undated photo released by the San Bernardino Police Department shows Cedric Anderson, 53. (San Bernardino Police Department via AP)
Police stand watch over students as multiple law enforcement agencies respond to a fatal shooting at North Park Elementary school in San Bernardino, California. Photo: Rick Sforza/Los Angeles Daily News via AP
Police stand watch over students as multiple law enforcement agencies respond to a fatal shooting at North Park Elementary school in San Bernardino, California. Photo: Rick Sforza/Los Angeles Daily News via AP

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