Suspect in Fresno Shooting Spree Shouts 'Allahu Akbar' When Arrested
FRESNO, Calif. - Three people are dead in a shooting spree in downtown Fresno on Tuesday, and the suspect was wanted in connection to the Motel 6 killing last week, the Fresno Police Department said.
Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, shouted "Allahu Akbar" as police tackled him to the ground after the shootings which were spread over four locations, Police Chief Jerry Dyer said.
The victims appeared to be random, Dyer said.
"These individuals that were chosen today did not anything to deserve what they got," Dyer said. "These were unprovoked attacks."
Shot Spotter detected the first gunshots around 10:45 a.m. Muhammad shot into a Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) vehicle killing the passenger. The driver sped away and drove to Fresno Police headquarters.
The chief said Muhammad was armed with a 357 revolver when he opened fire on his first victim, who was sitting inside the PG&E vehicle.
Muhammad continued walking and opened fire at a resident but missed. Shortly after, he encountered another resident and shot and killed that person, police said.
He then continued to the area of Catholic Charities where he shot and killed a person in the parking lot, police said. Shortly after, he was apprehended without police firing a shot.
"All sixteen of these rounds were fired in less than a minute within four different locations," Dyer said.
Officers responded within one minute of the first shots.
Muhammad used a social media account -- in part -- to perpetuate an anti-white agenda.
Dyer said the men who were killed are believed to have had no connection to Muhammad. Dyer also said it was too early to tell whether terrorism was a factor.
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