Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Local | By Adrian Hale

Fresno gunman wanted to kill white people

Fresno gunman wanted to kill white people

One victim was shot Tuesday while sitting in a utility truck.

Fresno police chief Jerry Dyer said Muhammad had also approached a auto between the shootings, but he did not open fire on the two woman and child inside, who were Latino.

(AP Photo/Scott Smith). Stephen Hughes, 66, stands outside his house in Fresno, Calif., where he came home minutes after a shooting to find a body on the sidewalk in front of his home, Tuesday, April 18, 2017. The gun was then picked up by a man who was seen on security camera, according to Dyer, who urged the man to turn himself in to authorities.

The brother of a California man who Fresno police say shot and killed a motel security guard and three other men he targeted for being white says he's shocked by the killings.

At 10:43 a.m., Muhammad approached two men in a parked Pacific Gas and Electric Co. truck, Dyer said.

The three men killed in Tuesday's shooting rampage near downtown Fresno were identified Wednesday by the Fresno County Coroner as Zachary David Randalls, 34, of Clovis, Mark James Gassett, 37, of Fresno, and David Martin Jackson, 58, of Fresno.

A psychiatrist who examined Muhammad believed he had psychosis, his lawyer said in the court filing. Gassett was killed near his home, Van Curen said.

One apparent motive in the downtown killings was that Muhammad had learned he was wanted in Williams' death, Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer said.

They say this shooting spree may have been triggered after they released his name as the wanted suspect in the death of security guard Carl Williams. The gunman reportedly pointed the gun at them as they sat in their vehicle trying to escape, but he did not shoot.

Based on interviews and the suspect's own social media postings, cops said Muhammad has a deep hatred for white people and was set to kill many whites as possible.

Police had published a photo of Muhammad, asked for the public's help in finding him and offered a reward.

Finally, Dyer said Muhammad fired in the direction of a bus stop where he spotted three white men. The chief said it was too early to tell whether terrorism was a factor. He also yelled "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest) when he was arrested, officials said.

"This is exclusively based on race", he said, adding: "He wanted to kill as many people as he could and that's what he set out to do". He's been identified as Kori Ali Muhammad. Police said he may have been a client of Catholic Charities.

On his Facebook page, Muhammad hailed black pride and nationalism. A flurry of posts emerged in the past day.

He told detectives: "White people are responsible for keeping the black people down". He added that Muhammad has a significant criminal history including drug offenses, weapons violations and making terrorist threats.

Muhammad was charged in 2005 with possessing cocaine with intent to distribute, court records show. They said he was a father and will be missed by many.

He claimed insanity and his lawyer requested a psychiatric examination, saying Muhammad "appeared eccentric with some weird beliefs". He has a lengthy record and has had at least two mental health hospitalizations. Local Muslim leaders said that they do not know him.

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