CBS News reports that the San Bernardino Police Chief has said one of two students wounded in the shooting at North Park Elementary in San Bernardino has died at the hospital.
Two adults died in a shooting Monday in a classroom at San Bernardino, California’s North Park Elementary School, in what is believed to be a murder-suicide, San Bernardino police said.
A female victim was killed and a male died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, San Bernardino Police Lt. Michael Madden told reporters. The relationship between the man and the woman is unknown at this time.
Two students were also injured, and are listed in critical condition at area hospitals, Madden said.
The names and ages of the students are not being released, pending notification of family. Police do not believe the two children were targeted; they happened to be near the female adult.
Earlier, authorities said they believed the suspect was down and there was no further threat, San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan tweeted.
Two adults are deceased in a classroom, believed to be a murder suicide. We believe the suspect is down and there’s no further threat.— Chief Jarrod Burguan (@SBPDChief) April 10, 2017
“This is a tragic incident that has befallen our city,” Madden said.
The San Bernardino City Unified School District said the students were being evacuated to nearby Cajon High School. CNN affiliate KABC showed footage of school buses that were being used to take students to Cajon High.
Frantic parents rushed to North Park Elementary. Brad Hendran told CNN affiliate KABC he was looking for his daughter, who is in the second grade.
“I fell to my knees and started saying our father and hail Mary’s. … I’m gonna hug her. … I’m gonna hug her. I hope she is OK,” Hendran said.
One father, who wasn’t identified by the CNN affiliate, stood behind police tape, looking for one of his sons. He said his two boys are in second grade and fifth grade.
“I see one of my boys, but not the smallest one,” he said tearfully. His eldest son had just gotten on a bus, he said.
He was at work when he heard about the shooting from the boys’ mom, who works for the school district.