Killing of three white men in California city racially motivated

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The California man accused of killing three men in a random shooting spree in Fresno on Tuesday is a hate-filled racist who'd planned "to kill as many white males as possible", the police chief said Wednesday. Fresno Police chief Jerry Dyer reviews notes on the triple fatal shooting before addressing the media Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in Fresno, Calif.

- Muhammad told police he then decided he wasn't going to go down for killing a security guard who disrespected him but instead taking out as many white men as he could.

Dyer says Muhammad fired at Williams, intending to kill him, because he felt Williams disrespected him.

Muhammad watched police investigate that murder overnight from the rooftop of a nearby gas station.

The suspect, who is black, was candid in explaining his actions from Thursday night to Tuesday morning, when he methodically shot and killed three white men on the same block, the police chief said.

Fresno Police said Kori Muhammad climbed onto the roof of 7-11 Thursday near Blackstone & Ashlan after killing a security guard next door at Motel 6.

"As he spoke about the shooting and shooting individuals, he did so in a very callous manner", Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said.

Muhammad allegedly told investigators he was not a terrorist, Dyer said, because he is "not a coward" and a terrorist kills people but dies for that cause.

Muhammad hid out in a ravine and practiced voodoo rituals after the motel slaying.

Muhammad admitted the killings to officers as they arrested him, according to the chief. Van Curen said, adding that he then waited for police to arrive.

Mark Greer said he and 58-year-old David Jackson stopped at the Catholic Charities building after running a bank errand because Greer needed to use the restroom.

He claimed insanity after being charged with possessing cocaine with intent to distribute in 2005, and his attorney requested a psychiatric examination, saying Muhammad "appeared eccentric with some freakish beliefs".

Muhammad told detectives that he is Muslim but hadn't been to mosque in 20 years and prays to numerous gods, Dyer said.

Dyer said that officers witnessed Muhammad yell "Allahu akbar" at the scene of the shooting.

Francine Williams described her 25-year-old son as a kind and giving person who had recently gotten engaged.

The suspect in the shooting deaths of three people in Fresno told his family there was a war going on between blacks and whites in America. Police suspect that the man responsible for three shooting. Carl Williams told her he loved her, too.

After the shots were heard, Dyer said the driver of a Pacific Gas & Electric truck arrived at the city's police headquarters to report that a passenger had been shot by a gunman who had approached them on foot.

During the shooting rampage, Muhammad fired several times at two Hispanic women in a vehicle, but he stopped shooting once he realized they were Hispanic and let them go, Dyer said.

Muhammad starting running, until he saw a police vehicle, which was there within minutes.

Police were alerted to the scene Tuesday through ShotSpotter, a gunfire locator that detected multiple gunshots in the same vicinity, Dyer said Tuesday. Friends say Randalls had just started his new job as a customer-service representative and was doing a ride-along Tuesday.

Muhammad then set his sights on three white men standing at a bus stop. Zackary Randalls, 34, died.

He also "suffered auditory hallucinations and had at least two prior mental health hospitalizations", according to court documents.

Kori Ali Muhammad in an arrest mug Tuesday. "He's not going to kill anyone else".

He also said Randalls wouldn't want any animosity to stem from his death.

Prosecutors say the suspect in a racially motivated shooting rampage in Fresno could be arraigned on murder charges by the end of the week.

In the past, Muhammad posted messages on social media that referred to white people as "devils". An unarmed security guard (shot and killed days before), a utility worker who was a father of three, a charity worker and a veteran trying to get his life back on track. Muhammad's father, Vincent Taylor, told The Los Angeles Times that his son was convinced he was part of an ongoing war between whites and blacks, and that "a battle was about to take place".

The men happened to be on the same block, but had no known connection to each other or to the shooter, Kori Ali Muhammad, who told police he wanted to kill as many white people as he could before he was captured.

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