In a shocking turn of events, three people were shot and killed in downtown Fresno, California, on Tuesday, reports The Business Insider.
According to the police, the suspect was identified as 39-year-old Kori Ali Muhammad and has been taken into custody. Police Chief Jerry Dyer said at a news conference that despite statements made by the suspect, the shooting did not appear to be connected to terrorism.
A crime scene is outside Fresno Police Dept headquarters on M street between Fresno and Mariposa streets pic.twitter.com/0jsVDBv118— pablo lopez (@beecourts) April 18, 2017
The shooting started in the morning where the suspect shot a passenger in a pickup truck. Following this, the driver of the pickup truck went straight to the police headquarters to report the shooting.
The second and the final shooting occurred shortly after, during which the suspect fired 16 rounds in less than a minute, killing two pedestrians.
The suspect Kori Ali Muhammad (Source: washingtonpost)
Chief Dyer said that right before the officers arrested him, Muhammad reportedly dropped down and shouted: “Allahu Akbar” (God is Great). He also alleged that the suspect wanted to kill as many white men as possible before going to jail. “The shooting was solely based on race,” he said, reports The Guardian.
Muhammad reportedly has a long criminal record that includes making threats of terrorism, drugs, weapon violations and false imprisonment. Muhammad was wanted before Tuesday's shooting as he is considered to be the suspect in the fatal shooting of a security guard at a Motel 6 that took place on April 13th.
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