Man allegedly goes on killing spree, targets white men

Stalking the streets armed with a.357 calibre revolver, the "black soldier" allegedly murdered three men in cold blood as he reportedly howled "Allahu akbar".

His criminal history includes gun, drug and theft arrests. Records show he was arrested at least twice as a teen for possessing a gun in school.

Muhammad, who changed his name from Kori Taylor as a teen, talked a lot about black pride and black nationalism on his Facebook page. He tried to flee from the assailant, who eventually caught up with him in the parking lot of the local Catholic Charities.

Dyer says Muhammad was publicly identified Tuesday as the person who last week shot a 25-year-old Motel 6 security guard.

Greer says they would shop for groceries and cleaned the house together.

Lilles confirmed Gassett was a client, and she said he was a veteran.

Next, Muhammad shot toward a bus stop where he had spotted three white men, police said.

Muhammad shot Gassett in the chest, Dyer said. He fired - this time killing Jackson.

While working at a Motel 6, Williams and the suspect got into an argument, police said.

Muhammad walked east on Mildreda Avenue where he shot at a white man coming out of his home, Dyer said. Muhammad gave himself up not far from where the last victim was killed in front of Catholic Charities.

"Kori Ali Muhammad is presently suffering from a mental disease or defect rendering him mentally incompetent to the extent that he is unable to understand the nature and consequences of the proceedings against him or to assist properly in his defense", wrote U.S. District Court Judge Oliver W. Wanger in October 2005. At some point he is said to have uttered the Arabic phrase "Allahu Ackbar" (God is great).

"These were unprovoked attacks", Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said. "He said he did not like white men and said white people were responsible for keeping black people down", Dyer said.

Muhammad hid out in a ravine after the motel shooting and practiced voodoo rituals after the motel slaying.

"He said he is Muslim, but prays to seven different gods", the police chief said. They had published a photo of Muhammad, asked for the public's help in finding him and offered a reward.

Dyer says Muhammad fired a total of 16 shots. "If in fact he's lashing out at white people, white males in this case, that would constitute a hate crime", Dyer stated.

She saw her son a few days before he died and spontaneously told him she loved him and was proud of him.

FRESNO, California- Three men were killed Tuesday all by the same gunman.

In the meantime, new information about the victims of the deadly rampage is being released.

Another victim, a 37-year-old man, had just gone shopping at a Catholic Charities building when he was gunned down.

Investigators say Kori Muhammad laughed and admitted to the murders. Once prosecutors gets the reports, charges should be filed Thursday, with an arraignment then set for Friday.

The fatal shootings of three white men Tuesday morning in downtown Fresno are being investigated as hate crimes, and the suspect, a 39-year-old African American man named Kori Ali Muhammad, was known to friends and family for his vocal hatred of white people, and for possibly being mentally ill.

Dyer said that the officers who responded to the scene saw a black man running.

Friend Eddie Valencia said Randalls was excited to start work as a customer-service representative and was doing a ride-along Tuesday. His response was that he respected the Fresno Police Department.

Muhammad admitted the killings to officers as they arrested him, according to the chief.

  • Leroy Wright