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Gunman slays teacher, wounds two students, kills self in California classroom

By Olga Grigoryants

REUTERS

 

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San Bernardino Police say at least two adults were killed and two others, possibly children, were struck by gunfire at Northpark Elementary School in San Bernardino, California. Colette Luke reports.

 

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (Reuters) - A man opened fire with a pistol in a special education classroom at a Southern California elementary school on Monday, fatally shooting the teacher and wounding two students before killing himself, police and school officials said.

 

Police said the two children were believed to have been caught in the gunfire unintentionally as bystanders to Monday's violence, which unfolded several miles from the scene of a December 2015 shooting rampage that killed 14 people.

 

San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said the shooting at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino, about 65 miles east of Los Angeles, was an apparent murder-suicide.

 

Investigators worked to confirm the identities of the gunman and the dead woman to determine their relationship, if any, and whether the shooting stemmed from a domestic dispute, police Captain Ron Maas said at a news conference.

 

The wounded students were hospitalized but their medical conditions were not immediately known. Maas said they were not related to either of the dead adults.

 

School district secretary Vicki Wood confirmed the dead woman was the teacher and that she was teaching a special-education class at the time. Police said she and the gunman were the only adults in the classroom.

 

Authorities provided few details about the circumstances of the shooting, except to say that the gunman had gained entry to the school as a visitor and kept his weapon concealed until he opened fire inside the classroom.

 

The school was evacuated and students were bused to the campus of California State University at San Bernardino to be briefed and interviewed by authorities. From there, they were to be taken to a nearby high school to be reunited with their families, police said.

 

Aerial television footage from the scene showed children holding hands and walking single-file across the campus from the school building to waiting buses.

 

One young student, reunited with her mother, told local NBC News affiliate KNBC-TV that the incident left her "super scared." Anxious parents interviewed on camera said they had been given no information from the school other than where their children were being taken.

 

School officials said North Park Elementary would remain closed for at least two days.

 

The city of San Bernardino last made national headlines on Dec. 2, 2015, when a husband and wife who authorities said were inspired by Islamic extremism opened fire on a holiday office party of county health workers, killing 14 people and wounding more than 20. The couple, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik were killed by police during a shootout.

 

(Additional reporting by Steve Gorman, Piya Sinha-Roy and Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles; Writing by Steve Gorman; Editing by Toni Reinhold and Bill Trott)

 
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Surely long past the time for better security at all US schools? At least mandatory metal scanners for everyone, as some schools already have. No way they will ever remove all guns from US society, given the millions of unregistered guns around, so take sensible precautions.

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I for one am going to look forward to hearing how the NRA keeps arguing for the right to bear arms, when this is what it leads to. You are about 138 times more likely to be murdered by a firearm in America over England. And they want to make firearms more easy to purchase? I mean, Hello?

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Oh yeah, another US mass shooting. Here we go again, under the constitution, even total morons are allowed to bear arms. I think some statistics show that a murder happens every 2 minutes in the US. Yet they scream over atrocities in other countries. Fix up your own problems first, you hypocrites.

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