A 53-year-old man named Cedric Anderson has been identified as the shooter who entered North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino, California, on Monday morning and opened fire in a special needs classroom, where he killed his wife, Karen Elaine Smith.
CNN reports that Police Chief Jarrod Burguan told reporters that one of the two children hit by gunfire has died. Jonathan Martinez was 8 years old. KTLA reports that the second child was in critical condition, but is now stable.
Earlier in the day, San Bernardino Police Capt. Ron Maass said that the assailant entered the school by signing in at the front desk, then went on to visit Smith, who was an instructor. It does not seem that there was any sighting of the handgun as Anderson entered the building.
According to KTLA, the couple were married in January, but have been separated for about a month for unknown reasons. At a press conference, Burguan referenced the split but added, “But there’s nobody that, in the investigation, has come forward to say that they saw this coming or knew this was potentially going to happen.”
Burguan also said that Anderson had a criminal history that included a domestic violence charge, though it likely was from a different relationship. Anderson also had a previous weapons charge.
The two students hit in the attack were supposedly standing behind Smith. Police do not believe they were targeted.
[Image: San Bernardino Police Department]