A teacher has been killed and two children injured in a shooting at a San Bernardino elementary school.
The male shooter entered North Park Elementary School at 10.25am on Monday morning, signing in at the front desk to visit the female teacher with a concealed handgun.
He was allowed entry to the school and went to her mixed-grade classroom where he opened fire on her and two children standing near her before turning the gun on himself.
Police found him and the teacher shot dead in the classroom. The two children, whose ages are not known, were taken to hospital in critical condition.
North Park Elementary School teaches from kindergarten to Grade 6 between the ages of five and 12.
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A teacher was killed and two students were shot at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino in California on Monday morning by a gunman in an apparent murder suicide. Above, other students hold hands as they are evacuated after the shooting
The school’s 520 other children were evacuated on to buses to be taken to a safe zone at a nearby university
Teachers and children line up outside North Park Elementary School on Monday morning. The two students injured were taken to hospital
Police rushed to the scene with SWAT teams and anti-terrorism units as news of the shooting unfolded
Parents told KTLA they believed they were in third or fourth grade, putting them between the ages of eight and 10.
The incident is believed to be a domestic-related murder suicide aimed at the teacher. The children are not related to either the teacher or the shooter.
It is not yet known whether anyone else was inside the classroom at the time or if the gunman intended to shoot the children.
Both of the injured children’s families have been informed of their involvement in the tragedy.
San Bernardino Police confirmed at a press conference that the shooter signed in at the front desk and was known to other staff who did not know he was carrying a gun when he was allowed entry.
From the front desk, he walked to the female teacher’s classroom where he opened fire.
‘The entire incident is limited to a single classroom. The suspect had come to visit the female victim,’ Captain Ron Maas of the San Bernardino Police Department said.
Authorities are working to confirm the identifies of both the shooter and teacher but they say the pair are known to each other. Police were searching the man’s house on Monday afternoon.
‘The children, we do not believe were targeted. (They were) the unfortunate recipients of injuries by being in proximity to the female at the time.’
Students were evacuated from the school and were lined up in single file on the school’s playing fields before being removed
San Bernardino shared updates on Twitter as the situation unfolded on Monday morning
Parents rushed to the elementary school as news of the emergency spread on Monday morning. Some were able to reunite with their children to take them home but others were told to go to Cajon High School to be reunited
Two young children were reunited with their parents at North Park Elementary School
Other children were forced to line up inside the school playground behind fences as police and teachers grappled with the situation. They waved to parents who had rushed to the scene but were not allowed to collect them to be taken home
Police do not yet know how many shots were fired in total. All of the 520 other children in the school were immediately evacuated afterwards.
They were seen making their way across the playground holding hands before being put on buses to leave the scene.
They were taken to California State University San Bernardino to be counted by school officials and interviewed by police if necessary.
Parents are being told to go to Cajon High School to have their IDs checked. They will then be able to reunite with their children either at the university or at Cajon High School but the process may take up to three hours.
Some parents, who rushed to the scene of the shooting immediately after news of it broke on Monday morning, were able to go home with their children straight away.
Police circled a blue BMW in the school parking lot after the shooting but they believe the area is now safe
SWAT teams were among those deployed to the school as the situation unfolded on Monday. The scene was declared safe quickly after the shooting
An armed police man stands guard outside North Park Elementary School after the shooting on Monday morning
There was a large police presence at the elementary school throughout the afternoon as detectives continued investigating
An ambulance was deployed to the school as a precaution and one woman was seen being treated for a hand injury but she was not seriously hurt
Parents were directed to Cajon High School and told to bring their IDs to be checked by police and school board staff
At California State University, officials laid out glow sticks and set up a projector to keep the evacuated children entertained while they tried to work through the emergency
One young student described being evacuated from her P.E. class after being reunited with her mother outside the school.
‘All of the kids started running out. It was pretty scary,’ the child said through tears.
San Bernardino Mayor Carey Davis said the incident was tragic at a press conference on Monday afternoon
Other parents had to settle for catching a glimpse of their children through a fence as they were put onto a bus.
SWAT tanks and anti-terrorism were among forces deployed to the school as the situation unfolded.
San Bernardino Mayor Carey Davis said President Trump had offered his condolences and assistance in a phone call on Monday morning.
‘This is a tragic event. It’s going to take time for ourr heads, our hearts to heal,’ Mayor Davis said.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos shared her condolences for the victims on Monday afternoon.
‘My heart and prayers go out to the victims of today’s horrible act in San Bernardino & to the whole North Park Elem. School community.
‘I want to thank the first responders, teachers and school administrators who helped & protected students who found themselves in harm’s way.
‘I ask everyone to join me in keeping the victims and all those impacted by today’s senseless violence in your prayers.
The San Bernardino Fire Department first reported ‘multiple’ gun shot wound victims at the school.
North Park Elementary School is just nine miles from the Inland Regional Center where 14 were killed and 22 were injured in the 2015 San Bernardino terrorist attack.