Fresno shooting: Three dead after 'Allahu Akbar' gunman opens fire

Henrietta Brewer
April 19, 2017

On social media, he referred to white people as "devils".

Police identified the suspect as Kori Ali Muhammad - born Kori McDonald - who was already wanted for an alleged murder of a security guard at Motel 6 on Thursday.

Police say Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, shot and killed the victims in unprovoked attacks. The gunman then turned onto Fulton Street and fired several rounds at another man, striking and killing him, Dyer said.

Muhammad told officers at his arrest that he was the guy they were looking for, Dyer said. The term means "God is great" in Arabic.

Police say he shot and killed three white men at random Tuesday before being arrested.

Lieutenant Mark Hudson, a police spokesman, told AFP the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been contacted about the killings and it was too early to say whether they were terror-related.

Later Tuesday, Pacific Gas & Electric confirmed that one of the victims was an employee who was sitting in the passenger seat of his work truck when Muhammad allegedly shot him. The driver of the truck sped off to the police department for help but the man died.

Muhammad faces four counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder, authorities said.

Three people were shot dead and a fourth injured in Fresno, California on Tuesday before a suspect was apprehended by authorities.

Seyed Ali Ghazvini said Tuesday that he and other faith leaders are trying to identify Kori Ali Muhammad. All three victims were white. "Also on that post, he has expressed anti-government sentiments". The security guard also was a white man. Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued a statement about the shooting, saying, "My thoughts and prayers go out to the families affected by the shooting in Fresno". The gun may have been picked up by someone else, Dyer said.

The shooting began around 10:45 local time near the headquarters for Catholic Charities.

Following the shooting, Fresno city spokesman Mark Standriff said county offices were placed on lockdown, and people were urged to shelter in place.

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. Hes not known in our community, and we are in touch with other communities to see if he was a member or not.

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