CALIFORNIA – Tuesday, following the shooting deaths of 3 individuals targeted at random by a crazed gunman identified as 39-year-old Kori Ali Muhammad, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer stated to media that it is “still too early” to confirm this hence act of violence terrorism… Despite the fact that Muhammad reportedly screamed “Allahu Akbar” as he was taken into police custody.
According to ABC7 News, Muhammad is being accused of opening fire on a PG&E truck striking the vehicle’s passenger on the 300 block of North Van Ness Boulevard around 10:45 a.m. before moving on to other targets.
Muhammad, who has reportedly expressed hatred towards white people on social media is now being accused of murdering three in the city of Fresno, presumably targeting the individuals based on their white skin color.
As Chief Dyer explained, Muhammed first targeted the individual sitting in the PG&E truck before shooting another man on crossing Fulton Street, then another man in the parking lot of Catholic Charities.
Muhammad was wanted in connection with a shooting death at a Motel 6 that occurred last week, according to police.
Muhammad, who police said has a prior criminal history, had previously posted to Facebook that he didn’t like white people and expressed several anti-government sentiments, Dyer said.
All the victims, who were randomly targeted, were white, according to police. Officials were still working to identify the victims.
Dyer said the FBI had been notified and that the ATF would also be contacted. While Muhammad had been taken into custody, Dyer said a gun had not been recovered, though the suspect had .357 caliber ammunition on him. Dyer said it was the same type of ammunition used in the murder at the Motel 6.
Muhammad will be booked for murder and attempted murder, authorities said. Dyer indicated it was “still too early” to know if the shootings were an act of terrorism.
We will continue to update as new details surface.