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Gunman kills woman in California classroom

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An ambulance driver rests her head on her hands outside North Park Elementary School after a fatal shooting at the school in San Bernardino, Calif., Monday, April 10, 2017. (Rick Sforza/Los Angeles Daily News via AP)

A man opened fire with a pistol in a classroom at a Southern California elementary school, fatally shooting a woman presumed to be the teacher and wounding two children.

Police said on Monday the two students were not believed to have been targeted by the gunman, who then fatally shot himself, but were wounded because of their proximity to the slain woman.

San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan called the shooting at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino, east of Los Angeles, an apparent murder-suicide.

Investigators are working to confirm the identities of the gunman and the dead woman to determine their relationship, if any, and whether the shooting stemmed from a domestic dispute, police Captain Ron Maas said at a news conference.

The wounded students were hospitalised but their medical conditions were not immediately known. Maas said they were not related to either of the dead adults.

Authorities provided few details about the circumstances of the North Park Elementary shooting, except to say that the gunman had gained entry to the school as a visitor and kept his weapon concealed until he opened fire inside the classroom.

The school was evacuated and students took buses to the campus of California State University at San Bernardino to be briefed and interviewed by authorities. From there, they were to be taken to a nearby high school to be reunited with their families, police said.

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Students from North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino, Calif., line the fence after multiple law enforcement agencies responded to a fatal shooting at the school, Monday, April 10, 2017. (Rick Sforza/Los Angeles Daily News via AP)

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Jennifer Gordon, 41, a parent of a child at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino, Calif., shows a card with her name, her daughter's name and the child's teacher's name as she waits to be reunited with her daughter following a deadly shooting at the school Monday, April 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Christopher Weber)

Aerial television footage from the scene showed children holding hands and walking single-file across the campus from the school building to waiting buses.

One young student, reunited with her mother, told local NBC News affiliate KNBC-TV that the incident left her "super scared". Anxious parents interviewed on camera said they had been given no information from the school other than where their children were being taken.

School officials said North Park Elementary would remain closed for at least two days.

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