Yesterday, a horrific shooting occurred in an elementary school in San Bernardino, California where 3 people, including an 8-year-old student, were killed.
The police have identified the suspect as 53-year-old Cedric Anderson, who committed suicide after the shooting.
Anderson entered the school to drop something off for his estranged wife, who was Karen Elaine Smith, a 53-year-old teacher at the school.
He entered her special education, saying nothing, and opened fired with his large-caliber revolver, killing his wife. Two students standing behind Smith were also struck by the gunfire – one of them being 8-year-old Jonathan Martinez, who died later on in hospital.
The second student is a 9-year-old boy, who is currently in a stable condition at a local hospital.
The students were evacuated to a nearby high school quickly after the shooting took place.
Superintendent Dale Mason had this to say at a press conference Monday afternoon: “This is a tragic event. It’s going to take time for our heads and our hearts to heal.”
Police do not believe that this attack was against the students, but rather a murder suicide.
The students were reunited with their families Monday afternoon. Some parents had to wait hours to see their children again.
San Bernardino was also the site of the terrorist attack in 2015 that left 14 dead and 22 injured.