On April 10th, after entering North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino, a 53-year-old man from Riverside, California went to his estranged wife’s special education classroom and opened fire, fatally shooting her and striking two students before killing himself, police said.
Both of the students injured were rushed to the hospital in critical condition. One victim, an 8-year-old boy named Jonathan Martinez, died later in the day.The special-education teacher was identified as Karen Elaine Smith, 53. The shooter was identified as Cedric Anderson. Without saying a word, Anderson quickly opened fire with a large-caliber revolver, shooting the gun 10 times, according to San Bernardino Police Department Chief Jarrod Burguan.
The shooter has been arrested four times between 1982 and 2013, but was not convicted in any of the cases.
Anderson and Smith married in late-January but Smith broke off the marriage about a month and a half later when he accused her of infidelity. After they split, Anderson began acting odd and threatening her, but according to Smith’s mother, Smith did not take any of the accusations seriously because she thought he was just trying to get attention.
Because Smith had not disclosed her personal life with co-workers, when the ex-husband entered the front office of the school, administrators allowed him back to the classroom with the excuse that he “had to drop something off” for his wife.
Jonathan Martinez, the 8 year old special needs student who died because of the shooting, was diagnosed with William’s Syndrome. William’s Syndrome is a developmental disorder that affects many parts of the body, Martinez had previously had heart surgery because of the disorder.
The 9-year old surviving student has been most recently been reported as being in stable condition.
The Snowdrift staff sends their condolences to the families affected.