A special-education teacher was fatally shot by her estranged husband at an elementary school on Monday.
It happened at North Park Elementary in San Bernardino, California. An 8 year-old student was also killed in the gunfire and a second student was wounded, but is listed in stable condition at a local hospital.
Police said they believe the two students were unintentionally caught in the gunfire and were not related to the teacher or the shooter.
San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said the teacher, identified as Karen Elaine Smith, and the shooter, Cedric Anderson, had been married briefly and were separated for a month and a half, Reuters reported.
The police did not engage the shooter, who appeared to have killed himself, the local news affiliate CBS Los Angeles reported.
“We believe this to be a murder-suicide,” San Bernardino Chief of Police Jarrod Burguan said on Twitter, adding that the shooting appeared to have happened in a classroom.
Multiple sources have pointed to domestic violence as the possible motive for the shooting.
A nearby California state university was ordered to shelter-in-place for a time while police canvassed the area and firefighters treated the wounded, NBC LA reported.
Parents of students were sent to nearby Cajon High School to reunite with their children.
North Park Elementary School was founded in 1968 and teaches kids from kindergarten to sixth grade.
The shooting happened fewer than 10 miles from the Inland Regional Center, where 14 people were killed in a mass shooting in December 2015.
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