On Tuesday, a man who police believes shot and killed three people in three different locations in Fresno, California, has been arrested.
According to Police Chief Jerry Dyer, officers witnessed him yell “Allah Akbar,” and that he has written anti-government sentiments on social media as well as posts saying that he does not like white people. All of his murder victims were white males.
However, during a press conference on Tuesday night, Dyer stated that the police does not believe the murders were terrorism related, adding that the killings were “solely based on race,” and they considered it a hate crime.
According to Dyer, at around 10:45 a.m. local time, two gunshots were detected through ShotSpotter, a gunfire locator, prompting police officers with the Fresno Police Department to respond to the scene. More gunshots were heard nearby.
Dyer said that a total of 16 rounds were fired in less than a minute in four different locations.
Dryer added that one of the shooting victims was driven to police in a truck belonging to Pacific Gas and Electric Company. He continued saying that this shooting was “unprovoked”.
A resident in the neighborhood encountered the shooter. He shot at him multiple times but missed. Following that he encountered another man, who he shot and killed, according to Dyer.
The shooter, who was armed with a revolver, reloaded his gun and headed towards Catholic Charities on North Fulton Street in Fresno where he encountered a man in the parking lot and killed him.
Dyer said that the officers who responded to the scene saw a black man running. He got on the ground once he saw the police.
The shooter has been identified by police as Kori Ali Muhammad, born Kori McDonald. He was already wanted for the alleged murder of a security guard at Motel 6 on Thursday.