By Loydie Burmah |Executive Editor|
Three people are dead, and one child is currently in recovery due to a murder-suicide that occurred at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino on the morning of Apr 10.
CSUSB alumna Karen Elaine Smith, 53, of Riverside and student Jonathan Martinez, 8 were shot when Smith’s estranged husband, Cedric Charles Anderson, 53 entered her classroom.
Smith graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies, wrote CSUSB President Dr. Tomàs Morales in a statement addressed: “Special Message to the CSUSB Community” sent to colleagues and students on April 11.
“I ask everyone to keep Karen’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers over the coming days, along with those of the young child who was also killed and the other student injured in the incident,” wrote Dr. Morales.
Martinez was airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center where he was declared deceased, said San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan in a second media press conference that began at 3:30 p.m on April 10.
“Johnathan Our Family Angel,” the GoFundMe page created by Martinez’s cousin Brianna Lopez for funeral expenses and other necessities, has raised about $129,000, surpassing the $10k goal listed on the webpage.
Student Nolan Brandy, 9, who was shot in the abdomen, was released from the hospital on April 14. Brandy suffered a cracked rib, according to a KTLA 5 report.
“Super Hero Nolan” is the GoFundMe account that is currently raising funds for medical expenses and recovery.
Rachel and Leon Brandy, Nolan’s parents, are thankful for his recovery, the report also stated.
“This happened in one classroom, it is a special needs classroom, combined first through fourth graders,” said Burguan.
“At the time of the shooting, there was a teacher, there were two adult aides, and over fifteen students in the classroom,” continued Burguan.
The shooter, Cedric Charles Anderson, 53, of Riverside entered Smith’s classroom with a large caliber revolver, described as a .357, said Burguan.
“Cedric entered the classroom, and what we understand, without saying anything, armed with a large caliber revolver, opened fired on his wife [Smith]. She was killed in that exchange,” said Burguan.
“There are two students in the classroom that were behind the teacher, that were struck by gunfire. One of those children was identified as Jonathan Martinez,” continued Burguan.
Classrooms were evacuated to soccer fields on east end of CSUSB campus in the afternoon on April 10.
Students were then relocated to PE Building 100 before reroute to Cajon High School.
Parents were required to present their identification. Once verified, they were escorted to pick-up their children at Cajon only.
Students were released by grade level, beginning with the lowest, posted Administrative Lieutenant/PIO Vicki Cervantes on Twitter.
Counseling, entertainment, and food were all provided for students at an evacuation location, shared Cervantes on Twitter.
A crisis hotline for North Park Elementary is available at: (909) 386-8256, stated the SBCUSD Office of Emergency Services (OES) on Twitter.
The SBCUSD OES specializes in emergency management through preparedness and response programs.
President Tomàs D. Morales issued a statement this afternoon sharing condolences for the “loss of life” as well as thanking campus police officers, Sodexo, faculty, staff and students for displaying “Coyote pride.”
“As a community united, let us all come together to support and console those in need,” stated Dr. Morales in closing.
Updates to this article to follow.
Last update: 4/15/2017 @ 5 p.m.