Authorities say a man told a San Bernardino school that he had come to drop something off for his teacher-wife before shooting and killing her and a student in a special-needs classroom.
Nolan and another student were behind teacher Karen Smith when her husband, Cedric Anderson, began firing 10 rounds from a.357 Magnum, officials said.
File: Rachel and Leon Brandy with their son, Nolan Brandy, the nine-year-old survivor of a school shooting in San Bernardino.
They are happy to inform everyone that 9-year-old Nolan Brandy, is recovering very well. "Please continue to pray for him and also for Jonathan Martinez's and Karen Smith's families". In this case, part of the problem was that Anderson was likely a familiar person to the people in the school, said San Bernardino Police Capt. Ron Maass, the incident commander. The entrance to the North Park Elementary School front desk will be permanently locked.
They had separated and when they did not reconcile, he went to her special-education classroom and fatally shot her and one of the children she taught before turning the gun on himself, police said Tuesday.
At some point Anderson "stopped, and messed with his gun" and that's when she fled with two students. She saw Smith, 53, slumped over at the desk where she had been sitting with her group.
Details will be discussed at another meeting, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. today at Bob Holcomb Elementary School, 1345 W. 48th St.in San Bernardino, Marsden said.
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Friends and family on Friday night held a memorial for Smith at her church, Grace Chapel in San Bernardino, where Smith's adult children spoke.
A female employee at a San Bernardino elementary school is heard frantically telling a 911 operator there is an active shooter in the building, in audio recordings released by authorities.
Although Jonathan died after being flown to a nearby hospital, Nolan is reported to be doing well. If Karen Smith knew her workplace was a safe place for her to express her concerns for her safety and well-being, perhaps Cedric Anderson would have been prevented from coming on school property.
Police Capt. Ron Maass says, "The children we do not believe were targeted".
Police were still interviewing witnesses in their investigation, a police spokesman said. She said the long wait was "frustrating but also understandable". The 9-year-old boy, whose name was not released, remained hospitalized Monday night.
"I could still smell the gunpowder", said San Bernardino Officer Rob Snyder, who saw the deceased victims on the floor. Sykes said Anderson even threatened her daughter that he'd throw her out the window.
The superintendent also said he was called by U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and she told him her department stood ready to provide support.