Fresno police investigating 3 random killings as hate crimes, not terrorism

Posted April 20, 2017

According to Fresno Police Department Chief, Jerry Dyer, the department apprehended Mohammed at the scene after two gunshots were detected through ShotSpotter.

Glenestene Taylor says she saw Muhammad on Sunday, and that he was crying saying something about having to move away to another city. After the victim fell to the ground on his back, "Kori Muhammad then stood over him and fired two more rounds into him while he was lying on the ground". They were shot seconds apart at around 10.45am yesterday in Fresno, California. A man shot and killed three people on the.

Stephen Hughes, 66, said he and his wife rushed home after receiving a frantic call from a neighbour.

Dyer also told reporters that Muhammad had mentioned in his postings on Facebook that he hated white people and the government.

Dyer said the slain men are believed to have had no connection to Muhammad.

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

"As a result, he made a decision to himself that he was not going to go to jail for shooting a security guard, that he was going to kill as many people as he could today, and that's what he set out to do". "He said he did not like white men and said white people were responsible for keeping black people down", Dyer said. He climbed down the next day and hid out while performing what he called Voodoo rituals.

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Muhammad told detectives that he is Muslim but hadn't been to mosque in 20 years and prays to numerous gods, Dyer said. He told police he gave himself up easily because, as the chief related, he had "respect for police". He reportedly posted comments on social media expressing hatred toward white people.

Dyer says Muhammad went with officers to the Motel 6, where he is accused of killing unarmed security guard Carl Williams. Muhammad had gone there to meet a woman, and he argued with security who asked him to leave. Muhammad told investigators he felt disrespected.

Muhammad - after killing Williams - fled and climbed up on top of a 7/11 where he watched police and news media at the scene of his crime, Dyer said. Williams was shot multiple times that night and later died at a hospital in what police described as an "unprovoked" shooting.

"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.

Police say two of the victims may have been clients of Catholic Charities, which provides a variety of services for refugees, the homeless and those with disabilities. The suspect, a 39-year-old African-American named Kori Ali Muhammad, shouted "Allahu Akbar" - "God is great" in Arabic - as he was being taken into custody. He told her loved her too.

The three victims from the shooting rampage Tuesday were white, and apparently chosen at random, police said.

A coroner has released the names of three men gunned down during a shooting rampage in Fresno. Gassett leaves behind two children, as does 34-year-old Zackary Randalls.