Veteran kills wife at California school after making threats

On Monday, April 10, a man by the name of Cedric Anderson opened fire at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino, California, where he killed a teacher named Karen Smith and an 8-year-old boy.

Williams syndrome is a genetic condition that is characterized by cardiovascular issues and development delays, and it affects an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 people in the United States, according to the Williams Syndrome Association. Burguan said Karen Smith told those closest to her that she didn't necessarily take the threats from her new husband seriously but thought Cedric Anderson was reaching out for attention.

Anderson allegedly accused Smith of cheating within a month of getting married, relatives claimed.

"All things considered, he's in relatively good spirits", San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said, at a Tuesday morning press conference at police headquarters in downtown San Bernardino. Burguan said the note, which is believed to have been written by Anderson, discussed his relationship with Smith, his need for closure and how he felt disrespected.

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - Ruben Gutierrez did not hesitate.

The San Bernardino City Unified School District said the threat had been "neutralized" and that parents could pick up their kids at the high school. Smith has been identified by authorities as one of the people shot by Cedric Anderson, identified as her estran.

Burguan said it was unclear whether that arrest had anything to do with Anderson's wife, also 53. The rounds struck his wife and two children next to her, before Anderson turned the weapon on himself.

A candlelight vigil was planned for the victims Tuesday evening at North Park Elementary. Then Anderson reloaded his gun and killed himself.

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Revelations of the disturbing incidents came after Anderson entered a North Park Elementary School classroom for special needs students where his second wife worked and opened fire with a.357 handgun.

The young boy was not in school Monday but when Valles heard the shooting was in Smith's classroom, she said she nearly passed out.

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Anderson walked into North Park School on Monday and told a staff member that he needed to drop something off to his wife, police said.

Marsden said children with Williams tend to be social, friendly and endearing.

"Our hearts and prayers go out to the children, their families and others affected by this senseless violence".

A Twitter user who also called themselves a cousin shared their reaction soon after learning of Jonathan's death.

"The first week after a woman makes the courageous decision to leave an abusive relationship is often the most unsafe week of her life", said Bryan Pacheco of Safe Horizon, an organization that supports victims of domestic violence. He said Smith also had confided to relatives that she was concerned about his "odd" behaviour and that "he had made some threats toward her". But then it did: 8-year-old Jonathan Martinez, one of the wounded children, died at the hospital before he could make it into surgery.

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