At 10:30 a.m. on Monday, two Adults and 1 child were killed, and one student critically injured during a shooting at an elementary school in San Bernardino.
San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said the shooting was a murder-suicide and happened in an Elementary School classroom in the 5300 block of North H Street. Lieutenant Mike Madeen was one of the officers who responded to the scene within four minutes of the shooting.
It was Burguan who revealed that the two adults were killed and that two students were in the hospital with critical conditions. One adult was a female teacher who the suspect was visiting. After the suspect had killed the teacher, he turned the gun, a handgun, on himself. Later one child died as a result of their wounds. The child was behind the teacher when the gunman opened fire.
Police have reported the incident to be targeted at the teacher and not the students. The students who were injured were most likely struck by accident.
The gunman was known by the school, signed in appropriately, and entered without an issue. Police stated that the shooter was “down” and the threat contained. The school was on lockdown as soon as the event occurred and nearby schools, Hillside Elementary and Cajon High School went into lockdown.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released the following statement after the shooting:
“My heart and prayers go out to the victims of this horrible act and to all students and members of the North Park Elementary School community. I want to thank the first responders, teachers and school administrators who were there to protect the students in harm’s way. As a mother and grandmother, today’s senseless violence is a tragedy no parent should ever have to face. I ask everyone to join me in keeping all the victims and those impacted in your prayers.”