Bloody rampage in Fresno, California, leaves three dead
The gunman shouted “Allahu Akbar” as he opened fire, according to Fresno police chief Jerry Dyer. He is now in police custody.
The suspect is 39-year-old Kori Ali Muhammad. In addition to these three counts of murder, Muhammad is being charged with two counts of attempted murder and a fourth count for the fatal shooting of security guard in Fresno on Sunday.
Of the three victims, one died instantly while another two was rushed to the hospital and a third to the Fresno Police Department headquarters. At least one of the victims was a utility worker with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), a major California energy provider. Another person was shot at but not injured.
The gunman’s weapon was a large handgun, possibly a revolver. Eyewitnesses reported that he paused to reload at least once.
The shootings occurred in three different places: in front of a Catholic Church charity, the front yard of a residential home, and a bus stop. All four victims were white males, and Dyer claims that Muhammad has a hatred for white people.
Dyer called the crime a “random act of violence.” He also said that it was “too early” to call the crime an act of terrorism, but the suspect shouting “Allahu Akbar” indicates just that.