A lovers’ quarrel turned deadly when a man opened fire in a San Bernardino, Calif., classroom, killing the female instructor and injuring two students before turning the gun on himself, police and school officials said.
The gunman, who checked into North Park Elementary School as a visitor just before 10:30 a.m. PST, fired multiple rounds at the female instructor, hitting two children who were close to her before fatally striking her with a handgun, police said.
The shooter then killed himself as police swarmed the area and airlifted the critically wounded children to a local hospital—no identities have been released yet, officials said.
Maria Garcia, a spokesperson for the San Bernardino Unified County School District, said the incident “stems from a domestic dispute between a male suspect and a female teacher.”
She said the female teacher was “either a spouse or a girlfriend” to the suspect.
The gunman, believed to be a known visitor to the school, was not targeting the students in the “multi-grade” classroom and appeared to have his sights set only on the teacher, San Bernardino Lieutenant Mike Madden told reporters at a press briefing.