Police in Fresno say a black suspect identified as Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, has been taken into custody for allegedly shouting “Allahu akbar,” testifying to a hatred of “white people” and shooting and killing four people.
Muhammad had been wanted in connection with the shooting death of a security guard nearby last Thursday, according to a statement from police chief Jerry Dyer.
Then today, gunfire erupted at about 10:45 a.m. in Fresno. Within seconds a second shooting was reported, then a third and fourth.
Police reported the suspect allegedly fired at least 16 shots at four different locations in only a minute.
Fox News reported that Dyer confirmed Muhammad expressed hatred of white people and the government, but Dyer also said it wasn’t clear if the shootings were terror-related.
“Certainly by the statement that was made it could give that indication, however, there was no statement made on Thursday night when he shot the security guard and killed him. There was no comments or no statements made at that time, so I am not certain why he said what he said today,” the chief said.
Dyer confirmed as the suspect was taken into custody he yelled out “Allahu akbar.”
Police revealed the sequence. A PG&E truck drove into police headquarters and the driver reported his passenger had been shot by a gunman who had approached them. Then, Dyer said, the gunman then walked over to a resident and opened fire, but missed.
Encountering another man, the gunman fired and killed him. Fox reported, “He then headed toward Catholic Charities in the 100 block of North Fulton Street and opened fire on a man in the parking lot, striking and killing him, Dyer said.”
He was taken into custody then.
Police said all of the victims Tuesday were white men.
“Our thoughts are with all involved in the incident that occurred in Fresno today,” PG&E said in a statement. “Public and employee safety is always our top priority. We are still gathering information on what happened, and will work to support first responders and law enforcement in their efforts.”
The FBI was asked to help with the investigation.
The Los Angeles Times said Dyer called it a “random act of violence.”
More to come…