Fresno Rampage Suspect Details Killing Spree to Police

Fresno Rampage Suspect Details Killing Spree to Police

"These were unprovoked attacks", Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer said.

Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, was arrested shortly after the Tuesday morning rampage that left three white men dead.

Just hours before the shootings on Tuesday, police published a news release warning that Muhammad was armed and unsafe and wanted for the murder last week of a white motel security guard, 25-year-old Carl Williams.

"This is exclusively based on race", he said.

A Fresno police detective stands over the body of one of the three shooting victims Tuesday in Fresno A man shot and killed three people on the streets of downtown Fresno on Tuesday, shouting "God is great" in Arabic during at least one of the slayings and later telling police that he hates white people, authorities said.

The guard, 25-year-old Carl Williams, was white. He had been associated with gangs but he was not a confirmed member, police say.

Next, Dyer said Muhammad shot at another white man walking out of a house, but did not hit him, and then shot at a vehicle, but stopped shooting when he saw two Latina women inside.

"The diocese will be present to the needs of all those serving as witnesses to this violent and traumatic event", she told the newspaper, "such as counseling and pastoral care, and Bishop Ochoa asks for the prayer of all the faithful for the victims of this violent crime and their families, and that law enforcement will be successful in the their investigation in identifying the perpetrator".

"So, I'm very, very, very grateful that I was able to say goodbye, maybe not at that moment, but prior to that", she said. The third victim was a Pacific Gas & Electric employee riding in a company truck.

The Fresno County coroner's office says 34-year-old Zackary David Randalls of Clovis, a utility worker, died at a hospital.

The roommate of one of the victims of a racially motivated rampage in Fresno says they were waiting for a bus home when the shooter opened fire.

"He wouldn't want people to be divided by this", Valencia said. "There were no boundaries with race, religions, beliefs, with anything". If you were a good person and basically could have a good conversation, he would call you a friend. "He was a stand-up guy". Muhammad said he selected the one who looked older and heavier, chasing David Jackson, 58, to the parking lot of a Catholic Charities building, where he shot him twice, killing him. Then, Muhammad shot a white man standing on the sidewalk, then stood over him and shot him two more times as he laid on the ground - that was 37-year-old Mark Gassett, a father of two. Fresno's police chief said his former name was Cory McDonald.

"That was going to be his target, and he caught up with him and he fired two rounds into this individual", Dyer said.

Dye pointed to the fact that Muhammad spared the lives of a woman driver and her two children upon discovering they were Latino.

Court records show Muhammad also was arrested in Washington state in 2004 after acknowledging he shot a gun outside his apartment. He could face the death penalty.

Dyer said he doesn't think the suspect's desire to kill stemmed from religious views, but rather racist views.

While hiding in the ravine, Muhammad practiced voodoo rituals, Dyer said. He also told investigators he is Muslim, but he prays to seven different gods and hasn't been to a mosque in 25 years. But it was closed, so he popped into a Starbucks where he learned he was wanted in the killing of the guard.

Muhammad had a long criminal history and filled his social media feeds with posts about black separatism, reparations and "white devils".

"On what appeared to be Muhammad's Facebook page, he repeatedly posted "#LetBlackPeopleGo" and encouraged "black warriors" to "mount up". A flurry of posts emerged in the past day.

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