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In April of this year, Cedric Anderson went on a rampage at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino, California. His goal was to kill his estranged wife, Karen Smith.
Per CNN, “A Southern California man fatally shot his estranged wife inside an elementary school classroom attended by special needs children before killing himself on Monday, San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said.”
Two students were wounded (one of those died) and the other was in stable condition after the shooting.
Fox News reports, “A Southern California man fatally shot his estranged wife inside an elementary school classroom attended by special needs children before killing himself on Monday, San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said.”
Cedric Anderson walked into the classroom where Karen Smith was teaching without saying a thing and started firing at her.
CNN explains, “Burguan said the shooter, Cedric Anderson, 53, of Riverside, walked into the classroom armed with a large caliber revolver and opened fire ‘without saying anything,’ killing Karen Elaine Smith, 53, also of Riverside. Smith was a teacher at the school.” There was no one suspecting the murder. Everyone who was invited to the wedding described them as a happy couple.
Fox News states, “A post on what appeared to be Karen Smith’s Facebook page invited friends to the couple’s wedding in January. The following month, Anderson posted a 12-second video in which he said Smith was ‘making me really happy’ and ‘knows when to ignore me.’”
The two students that were injured were not targeted. They happened to be near Karen at the time.
CNN reports, “Police do not believe the two children were targeted; they happened to be near the teacher.”
The staff at the school knew Anderson. Before the shooting, he came to drop something off for Karen.
Per Fox News, “San Bernardino City Unified School District superintendent Dale Marsden said Anderson was ‘known to staff’ at the school and told workers that he had come to drop something off for his wife before the shooting.”
Youth Action Project helps troubled youth who have questions about life and don’t have a positive role model in their life.
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Please pray for those affected by the shooting to be comforted.