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Gunman posted about 'angel' wife before killing her in classroom

By Christopher Weber

A man who fatally shot his estranged wife and a special needs pupil in her classroom then killed himself, had professed his love for her just last month.

Cedric Anderson married Karen Elaine Smith in late January, but the couple had been estranged for at least a month before he walked into her school in San Bernardino, California.

Police said it was a targeted attack on his wife, while two of her pupils were also hit. On what appeared to be his Facebook page, Anderson posted photos in March, of him smiling and hugging Ms Smith.

In a short video posted on February 27, the 53-year-old talks about why he loves her.

“She knows when to ignore me,” he said with a laugh. “Well, it makes a happy marriage.”

Anderson had posted that he “loved being married to Karen Smith-Anderson!” — calling her “an angel”.

Anderson’s criminal history included weapons charges, domestic violence and possible drug charges, San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said.

Anderson walked into North Park School on Monday and told a staff member that he needed to drop something off to his wife, police said.  He went to her classroom and “without saying anything” shot her with a large-calibre revolver, Mr Burguan said.

Jonathan Martinez (8), died shortly after being airlifted to hospital, while a nine-year-old boy was in stable condition.

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