Man who killed wife at school called her 'angel'

At the time, before the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, it was the deadliest attack on USA soil since September 11, 2001.

L.A. Times reports North Park students were later sent to Cajon High School, where they are being picked up by their parents.

Burguan said Anderson and Smith, both 53, were estranged after a short marriage.

A SWAT officer patrols a playground after a shooting inside North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino. Her husband was identified as Cedric Anderson of Riverside, also 53. One of them, 8-year-old Jonathan Martinez, died at the hospital. That student was transported to the hospital and remains in critical condition.

The shooting occurred just after 10:30am at North Park School.

The names and ages of the students are not being released, pending notification of family.

"There are two students in the classroom that were behind the teacher that were struck by gunfire", said San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan. One of her friends was hit, she added, as she pointed to her abdomen. Children have since been reunited with their parents.

It is unclear how many shots were fired or if domestic violence played a role in the shooting, Maass said.

Security experts said schools have few options to limit such incidents, given the prevalence of guns in the United States.

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".

The city of 216,000 was the site of the December 2015 terror attack that killed 14 people and wounded 22 others at a meeting of San Bernardino County employees.

"I'm glad my daughter is fine", said Angelique Youmans, 31, as she hugged her 10-year-old daughter.

"When I heard about the shooting, I started praying, asking God to keep my daughter safe", she said.

Fire officials confirmed that two people were dead.

When students got to the high school, many carrying glow sticks they had been given to pass the time, they got hugs from emotional parents, many in tears.

The shooting triggered a massive police response, with 150 officers from several agencies responding to the scene.

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos thanked "first responders, teachers and school administrators" who protected students from harms way, and appealed to "everyone to join me in keeping the victims and all those impacted by today's senseless violence in your prayers".

  • Larry Hoffman