Shooter targets random white men on Fresno streets; kills 3

Faith Castro
April 19, 2017

Authorities say Muhammad went by the nickname "Black Jesus", and reportedly yelled "Allahu Akbar" ("God is great") after he was arrested.

The other victims were shot nearby during a rampage that lasted about a minute and during which up to 16 rounds were fired.

Dyer said Tuesday's shooting spree began in downtown Fresno when one man sitting in a truck was shot through the passenger window. Dyer called it a “random act of violence.”.

The suspect, an African American, had indicated on social media that he hated white people and expressed anti-government views, said police. The driver of the truck, who is Latino, sped off to the police department for help, but the worker, a 34-year-old white man, died. "These were unprovoked attacks by an individual who was intent on carrying out homicides today".

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.

Muhammad is now facing four counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said. He also had shot at a fourth person and missed. Police are looking for the revolver. The gun may have been picked up by someone else, Dyer said.

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Teresa Dominguez, chancellor for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno, said the diocese is providing support for those who witnessed the shooting.

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 for disabilities.

Muhammad has a criminal history that includes arrests on weapons, drugs and false imprisonment charges and making terrorist threats, police say. He had been associated with gangs but was not a validated member.

Seyed Ali Ghazvini said Tuesday that he and other faith leaders are trying to identify Kori Ali Muhammad.

“We denounce and reject in the strongest words possible this kind of violence and attack, ” Ghazvini said, “and we request law enforcement agencies investigate the reasons and motivations about the person himself.

In a statement issued Tuesday afternoon, PG&E spokesman Denny Boyles said: “Our hearts are very heavy today, as we have lost a member of our PG&E family.

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