San Bernardino shooting suspect may have ties to Kern County

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The man who police say shot and killed his estranged wife in a San Bernardino elementary school classroom may have ties to Kern County.

Court records show in 1993, a man with the name Cedric Charles Anderson, 53, was charged with two misdemeanor counts in Mojave.

Those charges were battery with serious bodily injury and battery on a person.  Both charges were dismissed that same year.  Additional details in the case were not available Monday afternoon.

San Bernardino police said Anderson shot his wife, Karen Elaine Smith, 53, Monday afternoon in a murder-suicide inside an elementary school special needs classroom.

Anderson was also killed.

Police said he also shot two children in the classroom.  One of them, 8-year-old Jonathan Martinez, died at the hospital. The other was critically wounded, police said.

Anderson was a resident of the city of Riverside, multiple law enforcement agencies confirmed.

Police do not believe the children were targeted.

Police said Anderson came to the special needs classroom, comprised of first and fourth-graders, armed with a .357 revolver and opened fire on Smith. He reloaded his handgun at least one time, and used the last round to take his own life, police said. 

 


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