San Bernardino school shooter threatened his wife

Cheryl Sanders
April 12, 2017

Investigators have seized electronic items from the home of the gunman, identified as 53-year-old Cedric Anderson of Riverside.

An 8-year-old boy shot and killed along with his teacher in a San Bernardino special-education classroom was born with a genetic condition and had survived heart surgery, a school official said Tuesday. One of the calls was related to domestic violence involving Anderson and a female cohabitant (not Smith).

Many in the crowd were students at North Park Elementary.

The school district will continue to offer counseling to students and faculty. Husband-and-wife shooters Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik were later killed in a gunbattle with authorities. "He had made some threats towards her, but he had not made a specific threat to shoot her".

Smith, who sang in her church choir, was a "beautiful person", her cousin, Jessica Alexander, told Inside Edition. "Well, it makes a happy marriage".

NBC4 reports that Karen Smith was in fear of her life and had begun staying at the homes of relatives in order to avoid her estranged husband. He posted several photos of his wedding to Smith early this year and their honeymoon in Sedona, Arizona. Anderson was reportedly allowed access to the school when he said he was dropping something off at Smith's classroom.


Smith's mother, Irma Sykes, said her daughter had been friends with Anderson for about four years before they got married.

It comes as details of Anderson's abusive history emerged, with his mother-in-law describing him as a "wolf in sheep's clothing".

Anderson repeatedly threatened a former girlfriend he lived with, once holding a butcher knife to her head and once almost suffocating her with a pillow, court records show. "She decided she needed to leave him".

"She was concerned about his behavior and he had made some threats toward her".

Mayor Carey Davis said he had spoken about the shooting to White House officials who said President Donald Trump expressed "concern for students and teachers" at North Park.

(AP Photo/Reed Saxon). After leading a prayer group, Marie Cabrera, right, embraces one of the group members near a sidewalk memorial dedicated to the teacher and student who were shot to death Monday at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino, . He went back to her classroom where she was along with a classroom aide and 15 special needs students.


Police say Anderson entered the school and opened fire, killing Smith and an 8-year-old boy.

San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan, center at podium, briefs reporters at police headquarters in San Bernardino, Calif., Tuesday, April 11, 2017.

Penalber's 9-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter attend the school. She said the long wait was "frustrating but also understandable". It was hit hard by the great recession, seeing rises in unemployment and violent crime.

One man wore a shirt that read "No more violence in SB".

"Sometimes all we can do is cry". She came in every day with a smile on her face, and we're going to miss her. "We'll get up again".

LifeStream blood bank in San Bernardino received emergency orders for units of O-positive and O-negative blood from local hospitals following the shooting.


Barnes recounted the horror of the day, while asking those gathered to look toward the good.

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