Killed in Fresno Shooting Spree; Suspect "Dislikes White People"
- Author: Larry Hoffman Apr 19, 2017,
Apr 19, 2017, 18:15
Muhammad was wanted in connection with the murder of a security guard at a Motel 6 last week. Because the victims were all white men and Muhammad had posted racially inflammatory statements on his Facebook page under the pseudonym "Black Jesus", police are treating this as a hate crime.
Police say the suspect was taken into custody in downtown Fresno while shouting Allahu Akhbar and told investigators he wanted to kill as many white people as possible after seeing he was wanted over the death of the security guard.
The suspect, identified as 39-year-old Kori Ali Muhammad, reportedly shot at four white men, killing three.
The paper said the gunman opened fire with a large-caliber handgun shortly before 11 a.m. PT near a Catholic Charities building. He also yelled "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest) when he was arrested Tuesday, officials said.
The L.A. Times reports that Muhammad told his family that there was going to be a war between Blacks and whites in America, and referred to white people as "devils" on social media.
The first victim was riding in the passenger seat of a truck shot at by the gunman.
Police had issued a plea for the public's help to find Muhammad. Dyer also said the shooter fired several rounds at another person in the area but missed.
Hughes said he's lived for 40 years in the home, which is in a neighborhood lined with tall, mature trees.
Among his victims were a man in the auto park of a Catholic charity and a passenger in a pickup truck.
At a briefing Tuesday night, Dyer said police believed the killings were "motivated by hate" and not tied to terrorism. The women were Latina, he said.
Two people were then shot and killed, before a police officer spotted the suspect and took him into custody. After shooting the unarmed security guard multiple times, the police chief said, Muhammad also fired at another guard. At this point, Dyer said there's no clear link to terrorism. The gun may have been picked up by someone else, Dyer said.
Muhammad faces four counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder, authorities said. "It looks like a guy carrying his groceries home from the store", Hughes said. "He also repeatedly posted "#LetBlackPeopleGo". A flurry of posts emerged in the past day.
But by any name he was known to authorities in California as a result of a criminal record that includes convictions on weapons and narcotics charges.
Federal court records show Muhammad was charged in 2005 with possessing cocaine with intent to distribute.