Fresno shooter wanted to kill many white people, police say
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 19, 2017,
Apr 19, 2017, 13:30
He was being sought in the April 13 slaying of Carl Williams, 25, an unarmed security guard shot outside a Fresno Motel 6. All the victims were white. While police were responding to the scene, a PG&E pickup truck pull up to Fresno Police headquarters on Fresno and M Street and notified police that his passenger had been shot. The gunman, who was also on foot, fired at another individual, but missed. Eyewitnesses reported that he paused to reload at least once.
All three men killed in Tuesday's shootings are white. The gun may have been picked up by someone else, Dyer said.
"This is exclusively based on race, and it had nothing to do with terrorism in spite of the statement he made", Dyer said at a news conference.
Muhammad, 39, will face four counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder, officials said.
Two of the victims may have been clients of Catholic Charities, Dyer said.
He said Tuesday's shootings, which took place at around 10:45 am at four different locations in the downtown area of the city, were unprovoked and that up to 16 rounds were fired during the brief rampage.
Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said the city's gunshot detection system immediately notified them of the shootings and an officer found Muhammad running down Fulton Street.
Fresno's police chief says it doesn't appear the suspect who fatally shot three people is connected to terrorism despite the statement that he made.
As he was tackled by cops, Muhammad yelled out "Allahu Akbar" or "God is great", Dyer told CBS affiliate KSEE. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of our employee, and all those impacted by this tragic event". The second person killed was shot on a sidewalk, and the last was shot in the parking lot outside the Catholic Charities, the police said.
According to officials, Muhammad's Facebook account showed animosity towards white people and government officials. He had been associated with gangs. but he was not a confirmed member, police say.
Teresa Dominguez, chancellor for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno, told the Fresno Bee the diocese is providing support for those who witnessed the shooting.
Two of the victims were shot near Catholic Charities.