Non-terrorism related shooting at the North Park School, an elementary school in San Bernardino, resulted in the death of an eight year old child, a teacher and the shooter.
Although details are still sparse, it seems that the shooting was the result of a domestic dispute between a husband (53-year-old Cedric Anderson, of Riverside) and his estranged wife (53-year-old Elaine Smith, a special-needs teacher) and was intended to be a murder suicide. Tragically the circumstances of the shooting (the gunman entered a classroom with a lesson in progress and started shooting at his wife while two children were standing behind her) involved two young children who were not intended targets. One of the children (eight year old Jonathan Martinez) has died shortly after the shooting. The other child has been wounded and is hospitalized.
To keep the North Park School’s students safe and away from the crime scene, they were initially taken by a bus to California State University’s San Bernardino campus and later to the Cajon High School where they were reunited with their anxious parents.
Watching the reunion on TV, the children appeared remarkably calm although one can easily imagine that the students who witnessed the shooting in their classroom are traumatized and will likely need help to recover their sense of normalcy.
A shooting at any school is every parent’s worst nightmare. But a shooting in San Bernardino, where a terror attack killed 14 people and wounded 22 others little over a year ago, even more so. The fear the parents of the North Park School’s students had to endure yesterday is hard to imagine.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti made a statement on the San Bernardino School Shooting.
“School campuses are sacred spaces where children should be free to learn, play, and grow without threat of violence. Today’s shooting at North Park Elementary in San Bernardino is a reminder that deadly weapons can shatter that sense of security, mercilessly and without warning — leaving parents and educators struggling to address the questions, fears, and anxieties that gun violence creates for our young people. My thoughts are with the victims and survivors, Mayor Davis, and all of our neighbors in San Bernardino affected by this unthinkable tragedy. Our gratitude goes to all school personnel, first responders, and crisis workers who kept children safe and are helping families cope with the aftermath. On behalf of all Angelenos, I stand with them in their grief, commend their courage, and send prayers for the healing of bodies, minds, and hearts.”
Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine’s Editor, E. Elrich