Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Killing of three white men in California city racially motivated

Killing of three white men in California city racially motivated

Muhammad was arrested on Tuesday shortly after the deadly morni.

That's when Muhammad decided he wanted to "kill as many white males as possible" before being arrested, Dyer said.

Authorities say 39-year-old Muhammad, who is black, was motivated by racial hatred, seeking to kill as many white people as he could.

Two Latina women and a child also crossed paths with Muhammad, who pointed the gun at them as they sat in their vehicle trying to flee, but he did not shoot. Muhammad also fired at a group of men at a bus stop and chased after one man, who was the heaviest and oldest of the group. "He did that", Dyer said.

"I did it. I shot them", Muhammad told officers as they arrested him, according to the chief. The three men killed Tuesday had no known connection to each other or to the shooter, Kori Ali Muhammad, who is expected to be arraigned Friday.

Police had put out a news release hours before the shootings Tuesday, saying that Muhammad was armed and unsafe and wanted in the shooting death of a security guard at a Motel 6 last week.

Police had been looking for Muhammad in the Williams killing, and Muhammad said seeing his own name and picture in a press release Tuesday morning helped spur the rampage.

Greer said Jackson tripped over a curb in the parking lot, falling down when he was shot. He said Muhammad is a Muslim who practices voodoo and has not attended a mosque in 25 years. From there, Dyer said, he watched police investigate his crime scene.

"Kori Muhammad is not a terrorist, but he is a racist, and he is filled with hate, and he set out this week to kill as many people as he could", Dyer told a news conference on Wednesday. He climbed down the next day and hid out while performing what he called Voodoo rituals.

Police were searching for the revolver Muhammad said he tossed into a pile of clothing.

Phyllis Cervantes, right, says a prayer for Tuesday's shooting victims at a memorial of candles and flowers outside Catholic Charities on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 in Fresno, Calif.

Chief Jerry Dyer on Wednesday explained to members of the media a second-by-second breakdown of the rampage that left three men dead, including playing recordings of the gunshots captured on police tracking equipment.

So, police say, he killed him.

Once he saw the officers on the scene, Muhammad got on the ground, Dyer said Tuesday. He described the 34-year-old as an open-minded person with a sharp wit and a big heart. Dyer showed pictures of Randalls' family photos with his children after identifying him. Police said he fired twice at that victim. It is unclear if Muhammad has retained an attorney. They spoke. The man then picked up the gun and fled. "He said he did not like white men and said white people were responsible for keeping black people down". He shot and the men scattered.

He shot three other white men at random on Tuesday, police said, including a Pacific Gas & Electric worker sitting in a truck and two men who had come out of a Catholic Charities building.

Aaron Van Curen, who lives near Catholic Charities, said he didn't believe what he was witnessing when he heard multiple gunshots.

Stephen Hughes, 66, said he and his wife rushed home Tuesday after receiving a frantic call from a neighbor to find a body draped in a blanket on the sidewalk leading to his front door.

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