Monday, 18 December, 2017

Fresno gunman gave police blow-by-blow of shootings of 3 men

Melissa Porter | 21 April, 2017, 19:12

Three men were having a seemingly ordinary day in downtown Fresno, California, before they were singled out at random and killed by a black gunman targeting white victims, police said.

Valencia called Randalls "one of the wittiest people he's ever known", saying the two loved to laugh. The driver wasn't hit and sped toward the police department, but Randalls died.

Here is what we know about the victims:Police say the first person gunned down was PG&E utility worker Zackary Randalls, who was sitting in the passenger seat of a work truck. "Not get rid of them as in kill them", his father said.

Police say Muhammad opened fire 17 times at about 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday as he walked and ran along several blocks in Fresno, killing the three men in less than four minutes.

Pointing to Muhammad's repeated references to "white devils" and "Yakub" - the villainous figure responsible for creating white people, according to Nation of Islam lore - Levin said it is likely Muhammad thought he was taking part in a race war against whites.

Muhammad said Mr Williams had shown him disrespect while Muhammad was visiting a woman at the motel, according to police.

Two Latina women and a child also crossed paths with Muhammad, who pointed the gun at them as they sat in their auto trying to flee, but he did not shoot. And 58-year old David Jackson, who was waiting with two other men at a bus stop also on Fulton. He said Muhammad, who used the alias "Black Jesus" and was wanted in the killing last week of an unarmed security guard outside a motel in the city, had indicated in postings on his Facebook page that he hated white people and the government. For instance, while Kori Ali Muhammad claimed to police that he is Muslim, he also says he prays to seven different gods.

His criminal record also includes making criminal threats, forgery, false imprisonment and driving under the influence, online records state.

"It shows communities that police are aware of it and responding", Clark said.

Dyer described Muhammad as an extremely callous man.

During the rampage, Muhammad shot at a resident who he encountered in the neighborhood multiple times but missed, Dyer said Tuesday.

The FBI is examining Tuesday's killings as a possible hate crime or act of terrorism but has not yet made an official determination. Police Chief Jerry Dyer credits the technology that detects the sound of gunshots with allowing police to apprehend the gunman Kori Ali Muhammad just 4 minutes after his shooting rampage began, limiting the carnage to four people in all.

Police say two of the victims may have been clients of Catholic Charities, which provides a variety of services for refugees, the homeless and those with disabilities.

Gassett, 37, of Fresno, had just picked up groceries at a Catholic Charities building when he was gunned down.

Muhammad - born Kori McDonald - will be arraigned Friday morning on that murder charge. Muhammad picked out Jackson to follow because he was older and "appeared to be heavier", Dyer said Muhammad told investigators.