Parent: Slain teacher's life was all about kids

Officials say Anderson, 53, had a criminal history including domestic violence and weapons charges.

San Bernardino police have said nothing of what might have motivated Anderson to open fire in the special-education classroom at North Park Elementary School on Monday.

Just weeks earlier the killer had posted videos on social media professing his love for the teacher.

On what appeared to be his Facebook page, Anderson posted photos in March smiling and hugging Smith.

But those close to Smith told police she said Anderson's behavior had become odd and he had threatened her, Burguan said.

The two had dated for four years and got married in January.

"She keeps telling me, 'My teacher got shot, my friend got shot, '" her mother, Elizabeth Barajas, said as she clutched her daughter's blood-stained sweatshirt.

"The [man] just walked in with the gun", Marissa told the Los Angeles Times.

Burguan said security footage shows Anderson at first tried to enter through other doors, which were locked. She broke up with him and he came out with a different personality. "She decided she needed to leave him".

When school staff let Anderson in, they didn't know his relationship with Smith was on the rocks, police said.

The two students struck by gunfire had been standing behind Smith, the chief said. "After that exchange, the suspect turned the gun on himself and killed himself".

Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said the shooter went to his wife's classroom and "without saying anything" shot her with a large-calibre revolver.

One of the boys, 8-year-old Jonathan Martinez, later died at the hospital, while another 9-year-old boy is listed in stable condition.

"He told her he would throw her out the window", Skyes added.

As the investigation continues, the school will remain closed until next Monday.

Police said they did not find a suicide note in their search of his home Monday in Riverside.

The school is about 10 miles from the Inland Regional Center, where 14 people were killed and 22 wounded in a December 2015 terror attack carried out by a husband and wife. The 9-year-old boy, whose name was not released, has been stabilized at a hospital. The other students were evacuated and taken by bus to California State University at San Bernardino.

"Sometimes all we can do is cry".

Anderson's ex-wife, Natalie Anderson, had sought a restraining order against him in 1996 after he told her he would kill her and her children and take his own life when she refused to pay for their divorce, according to court documents obtained by the New York Daily News.

"We chose to do this prayer vigil because we want to unite our city as tragedy has struck once again", Sherman Dumas said, in a statement.

  • Larry Hoffman