CNN. A husband fatally shot his estranged wife in her classroom at San Bernardino, California’s North Park Elementary School, on Monday before killing himself, San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said.
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SAN BERNARDINO >> Two people are dead and two children were critically wounded in a shooting at North Park Elementary School Monday morning in what authorities are calling a murder-suicide.
“Two adults are deceased in a classroom, believed to be a murder-suicide,” San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan posted on Twitter. “We believe the suspect is down and there’s no further threat.”
One of the victims is a teacher, according to Maria Garcia, a spokeswoman for San Bernardino City Unified. According to police, two students were taken to a Loma Linda University Medical Center, one flown, one driven out.
“Tragedy has again befallen our city,” said Lt. Mike Madden during a press conference soon after the shooting.
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According to the San Bernardino City Unified School District, the incident was isolated to the North Park campus at 5378 H Street. Multiple police agencies, including the San Bernardino Police Department, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and California Highway Patrol responded to Monday’s shooting, along with the San Bernardino County Fire Department.
Hundreds of frightened parents flooded the streets around North Park Elementary and nearby Cajon High as they tried to pick up their children.
Paula Garcia and her family drove down to the school soon after hearing about the shooting Monday morning.
“We didn’t know what to do at first,” she said as she stood across the street from the school’s field watching armed officers and deputies escorting hundreds of children to awaiting buses.
After several nervous minutes Garcia called out, “I see him!”
The relieved parents craned their necks scanning for their son’s blue and white striped T-shirt.
“We were panicked when we first heard,” she said.
Burguan asked residents to stay away from North Park Elementary during the investigation. Students were taken to Cal State San Bernardino. Their parents are asked to nearby Cajon High School for identification and will be reunited with their children there. Parents are required to bring photo identification for pick-up. The pick-up process would take several hours, police warned.
“It’s going to be all right,” said grandmother Regina Hamilton, hugging a stranger outside Cajon High. “If we be patient, they’re going to bring our kids to us.”
But the knowledge that two children were wounded in the shooting brought her to the brink of tears.
“My baby is safe, but how can I rejoice in that when I know other babies aren’t?” Hamilton said.
Former San Bernardino City Unified school board member Judi Penman said the school’s police department “is very well prepared” for situations such as the shooting Monday at North Park Elementary.
“It is one of the most organized and well-prepared police departments around,” she said. “It interacts and trains with the city police department, and they are well prepared for this type of situation,” said Penman, who is currently the president and CEO of the San Bernardino Area Chamber of Commerce.
She said the school police worked with city officers in the 2015 San Bernardino terrorist attack.
“What I am surprised at is how this person got onto the school campus. The schools are very safe and it is extremely difficult for a stranger to get on campus,” she said.
Marie Cabrera, of San Bernardino, is a member of a prayer group that prays to the sites of violence in the Inland Empire.
On Monday, she found herself caught up in one, as she has two children who attend North Park Elementary.
“I believe that my kids are safe,” she said. “We thank you for all your prayers and your support on Facebook. … Thank you so much, God bless you.”
Staff writers Richard De Atley, Ryan Hagen, Rick Sforza and Beatriz Valenzuela contributed to this story.
This report was originally published in San Bernardino County Sun and can be reach for more information at 2 Dead, 2 Wound in San Bernardinino School Shooting
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