Authorities in California are investigating the motive behind a murder-suicide that took the life of an 8-year-old-boy Monday.
The shooting, which also injured a 9-year-old boy, took place Monday morning in a special education classroom at North Park Elementary. According to Fox News, the shooter, 53-year-old Cedric Anderson, had a history of weapons, domestic violence, and possible drug charges. Despite his background, authorities are still questioning why he opened fire in the elementary school.
“No one has come forward to say they saw this coming,” San Bernardino police Chief Jarrod Burguan said.
Anderson shot and killed his wife, 53-year-old Karen Smith, at the school after telling staff he had to drop something off for her. Officials say it appeared Smith was his only target; however, two children were caught in the line of fire.
Officials are looking into Anderson’s previous Facebook posts that indicate a rocky marriage.
“She knows when to ignore me,” Anderson said in a short video posted Feb. 27. “Well, it makes a happy marriage.”
According to Smith’s mother, Irma Sykes, Smith was in the process of leaving Anderson.
“She thought she had a wonderful husband, but she found out he was not wonderful at all,” Sykes told the Los Angeles Times. “He had other motives,” Sykes said. “She left him and that’s where the trouble began. She broke up with him and he came out with a different personality. She decided she needed to leave him.”
Anderson turned the gun on himself after opening fire and killing Smith and one of her students.
H/T: Fox News
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