Parents say boy shot at California school is recovering

A 9-year-old boy who was injured in a murder-suicide at a California elementary school earlier this week is recovering very well, his parents said. Jonathan Martinez, a special needs student of teacher Karen Smith, died when Smith's estranged husband shot both in her classroom. The San Bernardino City Unified School District posted a photo on Facebook of a smiling Nolan Brandy with his parents, Leon and Rachel, saying that the family wishes "to thank the community for the outpouring of prayers and support they have received". His wife, Smith, and an 8-year-old student, Martinez, were killed.

Anderson and Smith were married for only three months when he walked into Smith's special education classroom where he shot her to death. He had previous heart surgery and school officials said he was a happy child who loved music and playing with friends.

In a late morning news conference Tuesday, Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said Anderson, 53, had four prior arrests but no convictions on an assortment of suspicions including domestic violence.

In 2013, authorities arrested and charged Anderson with misdemeanor assault and battery, disturbing the peace and brandishing a weapon.

Anderson's ex-wife filed for 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, the woman wrote in court documents. Despite his career change, Anderson still spoke often about God to family and friends.

After the wedding, Anderson moved into Smith's Riverside home where those close to Smith said things suddenly changed.

  • Salvatore Jensen