SAN BERNADINO, Calif. – Two adults were found dead in a classroom and two students are hospitalized in critical condition after a shooter walked on to the North Park Elementary School campus in San Bernardino on Monday and opened fire in what the police chief characterized as a suspected murder-suicide.
Authorities responded to the elementary school on reports of an active shooter just before 10:30 a.m., according to San Bernardino City Unified School District spokeswoman Maria Garcia.
The preliminary information was that a total of four victims were being treated, according to a tweet from San Bernardino Police Department Chief Jarrod Burguan.
The gunman was among those who were possibly down, according to the chief. One of the victims was a teacher, San Bernardino City Unified School District spokeswoman Maria Garcia said.
The victims were identified only as a man and a woman.
Two students were transported to a local hospital after the shooting, which took place in a classroom, he said.
“We have two students who have been flown by MediVac helicopter to a local trauma center,” Garcia said.
They were both in critical condition, a police official said at an early afternoon news conference.
“We do not know the age of the students. We do not know the grade that the teacher taught,” she said.
Authorities don’t know if the shooting was a domestic violence incident.
The relationship between the shooter and the female adult victim was being investigated, but San Bernardino police Capt. Ron Maass said the man had gone to the classroom to visit the woman.
The children, he said, were not targeted.
“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.
It was also not immediately known how the gunman got into the school. During the day, the school office is the single point of entry, according to Garcia.
“Our school campuses are obviously closed campuses during the school day … the time of 10:28 a.m. would have been well into the school day. We do not know how that suspect gained access into our school,” she said.
Authorities have not yet said whether the two adults who were found deceased were the teacher and the shooter. However, Burguan said police believe the suspect “is down” and that there is “no further threat.”