San Bernardino school teacher killed in murder-suicide regretted marriage

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The man who opened fire at the North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino had even checked in at the front office in order to see his estranged wife, who he later killed.

His wife, Karen Elaine Smith, was a teacher at the school, and the two of them had only been married for a few months before separating about a month ago. The shooter was identified as Cedric Anderson.

Smith's mother, Irma Sykes, said that her daughter almost immediately regretted marrying Anderson, calling him a "wolf in sheep's clothing" whose abusive, angry side came out only after they were married.

"As soon as they married, he turned on her. The real Cedric came out," Skyes told the New York Daily News.

At one point, Anderson accused Smith of infidelity, and Smith called her mother, terrified.

"He told her he would throw her out the window," Skyes said. "She was shocked, like 'What happened?' He was so kind to her while they were dating. She had no idea."

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SAN BERNARDINO, CA - APRIL 10: SWAT officers help evacuate children to awaiting school buses after a shooting inside North Park Elementary School on April 10, 2017 in San Bernardino, California. (Photo by Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
SAN BERNARDINO, CA - APRIL 10: Evacuated students and teachers gather on the playground after a shooting inside North Park Elementary School on April 10, 2017 in San Bernardino, California. (Photo by Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
SAN BERNARDINO, CA - APRIL 10: Evacuated children hold hands on the playground after a shooting inside North Park Elementary School on April 10, 2017 in San Bernardino, California. (Photo by Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
SAN BERNARDINO, CA - APRIL 10: A SWAT officer stands guard with evacuated children on the playground after a shooting inside North Park Elementary School on April 10, 2017 in San Bernardino, California. (Photo by Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
SAN BERNARDINO, CA - APRIL 10: A woman is tended to as she sits on the back of an ambulance after a shooting inside North Park Elementary School on April 10, 2017 in San Bernardino, California. (Photo by Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
SAN BERNARDINO, CA - APRIL 10: SWAT officers walk through the playground after a shooting inside North Park Elementary School on April 10, 2017 in San Bernardino, California. (Photo by Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
SAN BERNARDINO, CA - APRIL 10: A San Bernardino Police officer puts up crime scene tape after a shooting inside North Park Elementary School on April 10, 2017 in San Bernardino, California. (Photo by Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
SAN BERNARDINO, CA - APRIL 10: Evacuated children hold hands on the playground after a shooting inside North Park Elementary School on April 10, 2017 in San Bernardino, California. (Photo by Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
SAN BERNARDINO, CA - APRIL 10: San Bernardino police offers stand guard at North Park Elementary School following a shooting on campus on April 10, 2017 in San Bernardino, California. Two people died, including the suspected shooter, and two children were wounded in the apparent murder-suicide attack. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
SAN BERNARDINO, CA - APRIL 10: Police officers stand guard at North Park Elementary School following a shooting on campus on April 10, 2017 in San Bernardino, California. Two people died, including the suspected shooter, and two children were wounded in the apparent murder-suicide attack. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
SAN BERNARDINO, CA - APRIL 10: Summer Terrell hugs her daughter kindergartener Jaylah James,5, after being reunited with her at Cajon High School hours after a shooting inside North Park Elementary School on April 10, 2017 in San Bernardino, California.The students at North Park were evacuated by bus to the Cajon High School to be reunited with parents. (Photo by Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
SAN BERNARDINO, CA - APRIL 10: San Bernardino police offers stand guard at North Park Elementary School following a shooting on campus on April 10, 2017 in San Bernardino, California. Two people died, including the suspected shooter, and two children were wounded in the apparent murder-suicide attack. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
SAN BERNARDINO, CA - APRIL 10: Police offers stand guard at North Park Elementary School following a shooting on campus on April 10, 2017 in San Bernardino, California. Two people died, including the suspected shooter, and two children were wounded in the apparent murder-suicide attack. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
SAN BERNARDINO, CA - APRIL 10: Police officers seal off North Park Elementary School following a shooting on campus on April 10, 2017 in San Bernardino, California. Two people died, including the suspected shooter, and two children were wounded in the apparent murder-suicide attack. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
SAN BERNARDINO, CA - APRIL 10: North Park Elementary School appears vacant after a shooting on campus on April 10, 2017 in San Bernardino, California. Two people died, including the suspected shooter, and two children were wounded in the apparent murder-suicide attack. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
SAN BERNARDINO, CA - APRIL 10: Children high five on their way to be reunited with parents at Cajon High School after a school shooting at North Park Elementary School left three people dead on April 10, 2017 in San Bernardino, California. (Photo by Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
SAN BERNARDINO, CA - APRIL 10: Parents are reunited with their kids at Cajon High School after a school shooting at North Park Elementary School left three people dead on April 10, 2017 in San Bernardino, California. (Photo by Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
SAN BERNARDINO, CA - APRIL 10: North Park Elementary School students and parents are reunited at Cajon High School after a shooting at their school on April 10, 2017 in San Bernardino, California. In what appears to be a murder-suicide, a teacher and the shooter, her husband, both died at the scene. An 8 year old boy died later at the hospital and another child is in stable condition. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
SAN BERNARDINO, CA - APRIL 10: Parents are reunited with their children who were evacuated hours after a shooting inside North Park Elementary School on April 10, 2017 in San Bernardino, California.The students at North Park were evacuated by bus to Cajon High School to be reunited with parents. (Photo by Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
SAN BERNARDINO, CA - APRIL 10: Children high five on their way to be reunited with parents at Cajon High School after a school shooting at North Park Elementary School left three people dead on April 10, 2017 in San Bernardino, California. (Photo by Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
SAN BERNARDINO, CA - APRIL 10: North Park Elementary School students and parents are reunited at Cajon High School after a shooting at their school on April 10, 2017 in San Bernardino, California. In what appears to be a murder-suicide, a teacher and the shooter, her husband, both died at the scene. An 8 year old boy died later at the hospital and another child is in stable condition. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
SAN BERNARDINO, CA - APRIL 10: North Park Elementary School students and parents are reunited at Cajon High School after a shooting at their school on April 10, 2017 in San Bernardino, California. In what appears to be a murder-suicide, a teacher and the shooter, her husband, both died at the scene. An 8 year old boy died later at the hospital and another child is in stable condition. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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Eventually, Smith moved out of the house and intended to leave Anderson behind for good, not thinking that he would come to her school to come after her.

Anderson went to the front office to sign in to see his wife, which did not strike the school as odd, since spouses often check in to drop things off with the teachers. He then went down to Smith's special education classroom and opened fire before turning his gun on himself.

Anderson and Smith both died at the scene, and two students were injured. One, an 8-year-old boy named Jonathan Martinez, has since died after being rushed to the hospital. A 9-year-old boy was also injured but is now reportedly in stable condition.

San Bernardino police Capt. Ron Maass said that the two children who were injured were not targets in this apparent murder-suicide. "We believe the two children were the unfortunate recipients of injuries by being in the proximity to the female at the time of the incident," Maass said.

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