Three people were shot and killed after a man went on a shooting spree in downtown Fresno and at Catholic Charities Tuesday at Divisadero and Fulton streets in central Fresno, police Chief Jerry Dyer said.
The 39-year-old suspect, identified as Kori Ali Muhammad, is now in custody, Dyer said. Muhammad dove to the ground and yelled “Allahu Akhbar” before he was taken into custody.
He is also suspected in the fatal shooting of a security guard outside a Motel 6 in central Fresno Thursday. He is facing four counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder, Dyer said. He said Muhammad had expressed dislike of whites; all of the victims were white. Dyer called it a “random act of violence.”
Two of the people shot outside Catholic Charities may have been clients of the social service agency, not employees, Dyer said. The third victim was a Pacific Gas & Electric employee. Another person was shot at but not injured.
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Dyer said that it’s too soon to determine if the shootings involved terrorism. The FBI and ATF have both been notified, he said. But Dyer noted that in Thursday’s shooting at Motel 6, which was caught on surveillance video, Muhammad did not make any similar statements. “What we know is that this was a random act of violence,” Dyer said. “There is every reason to believe he acted alone.”
Interesting that they won’t officially classify this as an “act of terrorism”, given that he screamed “Allah Akbar.”
This is a developing story. We will keep you up-to-date as more information becomes available.