Fresno gunman targeting whites chose 3 men at random

Frederick Owens
April 20, 2017

A 39-year-old man went on a shooting spree in the central California town of Fresno on Tuesday, killing three people and injuring another before being arrested, authorities said.

Francine Williams and Randy Hicks, mother and stepfather of slain security guard Carl Williams, pose in front of their home in Fresno, Calif., Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

After the shooting spree, police went over Muhammad's social media posts to find a motive. Police say he then found another victim, 37-year-old Mark Gassett on Fulton Street north of Nevada Avenue. "I shot them", according to Dyer.

When he learned he was wanted in the security guard killing, Muhammad made a decision to take out as many other white men as possible before he was caught, Dyer said.

Zackary David Randalls, 34, of Clovis, was in a training program with PG&E when he was shot in the passenger seat of the truck and later died at a hospital. Muhammad said he then shot Williams after he felt "disrespected". The final victim, 58, was gunned down in the parking lot of a charity building.

Police Chief Jerry Dyer stated that he fired at least 16 bullets from a pistol that he carried with him until he was finally arrested by the police.

Two Latina women and a child crossed paths with Muhammad but were luckier.

Police in Fresno, California revealed new details Wednesday on the "hate crime" shooting that killed three people in just minutes on Tuesday morning and what allegedly inspired the suspect to commit the murders.

Muhammad will face four counts of murder and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, officials said.

The police chief also said Muhammad wanted to kill as many white people as possible before going to jail.

Lieutenant Mark Hudson, a police spokesperson, 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.

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Muhammad's grandmother, Glenestene Taylor, said that he'd been acting strangely when he visited her on Sunday, and that he was crying but that she said she didn't get the impression that her grandson held hatred towards any race.

Police are searching for the gun Muhammad said he threw into a pile of clothing.

The police chief says Muhammad hasn't shown any remorse other than saying sorry to Dyer during his arrest.

"On what appeared to be Muhammad's Facebook page, he repeatedly posted "#LetBlackPeopleGo" and encouraged "black warriors" to "mount up". In a rap video posted to YouTube last month, he talked about violence against white people.

On Tuesday, police said, he acted on that hatred.

In 2005, he was indicted on charges of cocaine possession with intent to distribute, and possession of two rifles and a semi-automatic handgun. After that, he encountered another man, who he shot and killed, Dyer said.

He claimed insanity and his lawyer requested a psychiatric examination, saying Muhammad "appeared eccentric with some freakish beliefs".

He also "suffered auditory hallucinations and had at least two prior mental health hospitalizations, " according to court documents.

Kori Ali Muhammad was wanted by police in connection with another shooting a week before Tuesday's.

The attorney who represented Muhammad in that case did not return a call for comment Tuesday.

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