An African-American man went on a shooting spree on Tuesday in California’s Fresno city in the United States killing three white men before he was arrested, reported AFP. Kori Ali Muhammad had fired 16 round in less than two minutes while shooting at random people. The 39-year-old suspect was wanted in another killing from April 13 where an unarmed security guard, a white male too, was shot dead outside a motel in Fresno.
Muhammad first shot dead a 34-year-old man sitting in the passenger seat of a truck at Pacific Gas & Electric Co. The driver of the truck escaped the scene and drove to the police department for help, reported AP. Muhammad then shot at another person, but missed him. Later, he killed one person walking down the sidewalk, and another one in the parking lot of a charity building.
Police chief Jerry Dyer said the attack was not a “terrorist-related” crime and was solely “based on race”. Some reports said he shouted “Allahu Akbar” as the Fresno Police detained him. “These were unprovoked attacks by an individual who was intent on carrying out homicides today, and he did that,” Dyer added. Muhammad faces four counts of murder and two additional charges of assault.
Citing posts shared by Muhammad on his Facebook page and the statement recorded after his arrest, Dyer said the suspect “did not like white people”, reported Reuters. Muhammad also used the nickname Black Jesus.
Muhammad had changed his name from Kori Taylor when he was a teen, his grandmother Glenestene Taylor told The Los Angeles Times. On his Facebook page, Muhammad had paid homage to black pride and back nationalism, the report added.
The suspect has a criminal history, including possession of drugs and possession of firearm for drug trafficking. He has also spent some time in the state prison, Reuters quoted Dyer as saying.