Accused gunman in Fresno shooting spree charged in motel murder

Accused gunman in Fresno shooting spree charged in motel murder

Accused gunman in Fresno shooting spree charged in motel murder

The man accused of a racially motivated shooting rampage in Fresno has been charged with one count of first-degree murder in the killing of a motel security guard days earlier.

A man arrested for a shooting spree in the central California city of Fresno on Tuesday in which three white men were killed saw himself as part of an ongoing race war, according to family and police.

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.

When he learned he was wanted in the security guard killing, Muhammad made a decision to take out as many other white men as possible before he was caught, Dyer said.

The black supremacist who murdered four white men in Fresno, Calif. this week laughed during his police interview about the slayings, Fresno's police chief says.

They walked the route where the three victims were killed Tuesday.

He completed supervised release in September a year ago, court records say. Mark James Gassett, a 37-year-old from Fresno, died in a neighborhood, and 58-year-old David Martin Jackson of Fresno was shot outside a charity office and died at a hospital.

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

The police labeled the murders a hate crime, but did not go so far as to label it terrorism, despite the fact that Muhammad repeatedly yelled, "Allahu Akbar."

But Fresno police chief Jerry Dyer said indications were it was not a "terrorist-related crime" and a probe was under way to determine if the murders qualified as a hate crime.

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The men fled, and the gunman chased one of them - eventually catching up at the parking lot of Catholic Charities.

ShotSpotter CEO Ralph Clark said the technology has helped take gunmen off the streets, often in rough neighborhoods where gunfire goes unreported.

Jackson said "it's a trick of the left" to claim that Muhammad's crime couldn't be both religious and racist in nature.

He climbed down the next day and hid out while performing what he called Voodoo rituals.

The police chief says Muhammad hasn't shown any remorse other than saying sorry to Dyer during his arrest.

Muhammad then went to a store to buy crystals for more voodoo rituals, but the business was closed, so he instead went into a Starbucks, where he connected to Wi-Fi and read online news reports that he was suspected for the Motel 6 shooting.

A criminal complaint filed Thursday charges Muhammad, 39, with the murder of Williams and the attempted murder of Oscar Menjivar. Wright says he expects the arraignment will be scheduled for Friday.

She said Wednesday she was in shock, but also at peace because she had the chance to tell him how much she loved him and how proud she was of him a few days before his death.

The attorney who represented Muhammad in that case did not return a call for comment Tuesday. Randalls, 34, had just started work as a customer-service representative and was doing a ride-along, something he was excited about, friend Eddie Valencia said. The driver wasn't hit and sped toward the police department, but his partner couldn't be saved. He shot and the men scattered. Muhammad gave himself up not far from where the last victim was killed in front of Catholic Charities.

"He wouldn't want people to be divided by this", Valencia said.

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