California elementary school shooting: 8-year-old student among three killed

San Bernardino City Unified School District Spokeswoman Maria Garcia told reporters that authorities responded to a report of an active shooter just before 10.30am PST (6.30pm GMT).

An apparent murder-suicide inside an elementary school classroom in San Bernardino left two adults dead, including a teacher, and two students were wounded, police and school officials said.

Using the FBI's definition, the Gun Violence Archive, a non-profit that tracks gun-related violence, counts 90 mass shootings so far in 2017, 74 of which have taken place since Trump's inauguration on January 20.

Pictured, San Bernardino school shooter, Cedric Anderson and his victim, wife, Karen Smith-Anderson. The pair were only married for a few months and had been separated for about a month, Burguan said.

Two students were hit by bullets as they were standing behind Smith, the police chief said.

Three people have died, including an eight-year-old child, in a murder-suicide at a primary school in San Bernardino. The other student, a 9-year-old boy, was listed in stable condition at the medical center, according to the hospital.

A man opened fire with a pistol in a classroom at a Southern California elementary school on Monday, fatally shooting a woman presumed to be the teacher and wounding two children before killing himself.

"It is my understanding he entered the office and he had simply said that he was there to drop something off with his wife", police chief Jarrod Burguan said.

SBCUSD Superintendent Dr. Dale Marsden confirmed that about 100 district counselors and staff were deployed to Cajon High School and Cal State San Bernardino to help parents reunite with their children and provide emotional support to those in need.

Other parents desperately tried to get into the school, but officers turned them away.

Aerial television footage from the scene showed children holding hands and walking single-file across the campus from the school building to waiting school buses. The school was immediately evacuated.

The girl, Marissa Perez, and her mother, Elizabeth Barajas, cried and hugged as they reunited several hours after Monday's shooting.

"I was so happy that she answered because she was very anxious about me", Adams said.

A man who authorities say killed his estranged wife and a student in her special-needs classroom had posted on social media last month that his wife was "an angel".

"When I heard about the shooting, I started praying, asking God to keep my daughter safe", she said.
"When I heard about the news, I literally nearly fell. I'm not going to tell her [about the shooting] because I don't want to traumatise her".

The gunfire was reported at 10:27 a.m. local time (1827 GMT) in North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino, according to San Bernardino Police Department.

A couple had killed 14 health workers in December 2015 when they opened fire in a disabled service centre in San Bernardino. Two aides were also in the room at the time of the shooting. She was too nervous to join Barajas and others in the library, saying there were more rumors than information there.

North Park Elementary will be closed for at least the next two days.

They said President Donald Trump expressed "concern for students and teachers" at North Park.

Still, he said, he always anxious about security at the campus.

  • Leroy Wright