Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

Fresno gunman gave police blow-by-blow of shootings of 3 men

Fresno gunman gave police blow-by-blow of shootings of 3 men

Kori Muhammad, a black man charged in the shooting murders of three white men in Fresno, California, will also face hate crime enhancements, according to police.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer says the attacks were unprovoked.

"Once he saw that he was wanted for murder, he was not going to go down for shooting a security guard for disrespecting him but that he was going to kill as many white males as possible", Dyer said.

Dyer says Muhammad fired at Williams, intending to kill him, because he felt Williams disrespected him. Dyer says he watched detectives investigate, then left and hid by a dumpster.

It says she barricaded herself in the motel room after Kori Ali Muhammad gunned him down, forcing police to break down the door.

Suspect Kori Ali Muhammad killed three white men on April 18, 2017 in Fresno, California.

Muhammad also shot Mark Gassett, 37, of Fresno, after he had picked up groceries at a Catholic Charities building.

"As he spoke about the shooting and shooting individuals, he did so in a very callous manner", said Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer.

Dyer said Muhammad told police that he gave himself up because he respects Fresno officers, didn't want them to shoot him and is not a "coward".

When speaking to his mother Tuesday, Dyer said, Muhammad told her not to cry because "he is still alive, his magic is powerful, and then he started laughing".

Dyer said he doesn't think the suspect's desire to kill stemmed from religious views, but rather racist views. The suspect also said that he had been practicing voodoo rituals and is not a terrorist or affiliated with any terror groups.

Muhammad was meeting a woman at a Motel 6 Thursday night when he was contacted by security, Dyer said. Police said he fired twice at that victim.

The third victim, a 59-year-old man, was gunned down in the parking of the Catholic Charities building.

Dyer says Muhammad went with officers to the Motel 6, where he is accused of killing unarmed security guard Carl Williams.

Dyer says Muhammad calls himself Muslim but also said he claims to pray to seven different gods. He described the 34-year-old as an open-minded person with a sharp wit and a big heart. He told investigators that he did not like white men and that "white people were responsible for keeping the black people down".

Dyer said they have several pointers as to who the suspect is, including a box of food the man left behind, but would rather he come forward. Carl Williams told her he loved her, too.

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - One man had just started a new job with the gas company and was riding in a utility truck.

Two Latina women and a child crossed paths with Muhammad but were luckier. - Muhammad then walked south on Van Ness and then west on Mildreda, saw a white male walking out of his shot twice at him, the man fell to the ground.

Police were alerted to the scene Tuesday through ShotSpotter, a gunfire locator that detected multiple gunshots in the same vicinity, Dyer said Tuesday.

Muhammad starting running, until he saw a police auto, which was there within minutes.

Prosecutors plan to review the case against Muhammad on Thursday and he could be arraigned in court on Friday.

Randalls was an exceptional father and "loved his two kids with everything that he had", longtime friend Eddie Valencia said. The man, described as Hispanic, picked up the gun after suspect Kori Muhammad had wrapped it in clothes and set it down on Fulton Street.

Randalls was in a training program for Pacific Gas & Electric and doing a ride-along Tuesday when he was gunned down. Randalls was driven to Fresno PD and later died.

A Facebook profile page for a Kori Ali Muhammad from Fresno paid homage to black pride and black nationalism, with images of the red, green and black Pan-African flag and a raised fist.

On Monday he wrote: "MY KILL RATE INCRESASES TREMENDOUSLY ON THE OTHER SIDE ASÈ ALLAH U AKBAR". "He's not going to kill anyone else".

"He wouldn't want people to be divided by this", Valencia told the Fresno Bee.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer says Muhammad shouted "God is great" in Arabic during his arrest and had posted on social media that he dislikes white people.

Muhammad's father, Vincent Taylor, told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday that his son believed that he was part of an ongoing war between whites and blacks, and that "a battle was about to take place". The suspect noticed the driver was Hispanic, and the passenger was white. - Muhammad then went to a Starbucks and accessed wi-fi where he learned he was a suspect in the murder of the security guard at Motel 6.

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