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.
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.
"No one has come forward to say they saw this coming," he said.
Burguan also said Anderson had a criminal history of weapons charges, domestic violence and possible drug charges but didn't provide details.
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.
Two adults are deceased in a classroom, believed to be a murder suicide. We believe the suspect is down and there's no further threat.
— Chief Jarrod Burguan (@SBPDChief) April 10, 2017
All other students were safe and they were being taken to a local college campus, according to school officials. Aerial footage showed students gathered on a field and a blacktop basketball court inside the fenced-in grounds of the campus as school buses lined up.
Frantic parents ran up a sidewalk looking for information about their children but were not able to learn immediately what happened at the school.
The shooting happened at the North Park School. Students gathered on a field near a line of school buses and other vehicles, including fire trucks.
North Park Elementary will be closed for at least the next two days, according to the district superintendent.
— SB County Sheriff (@sbcountysheriff) April 10, 2017