California shooting spree kills three; Man yells ‘Allahu Akbar’ with each shot 

April 19, 2017, 11:22 am
California shooting spree kills three; Man yells ‘Allahu Akbar’ with each shot 
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California shooting spree kills three; Man yells ‘Allahu Akbar’ with each shot 

California shooting spree kills three; Man yells ‘Allahu Akbar’ with each shot 

A man shot and killed three people on the streets of downtown Fresno on Tuesday, shouting ’Allahu Akbar’ (God is great) during the firing from his gun and on being nabbed by the people confesses that he hates white people, authorities said.

39 year old Kori Ali Muhammad, was arrested shortly after the rampage, whose victims were all white, police said. Muhammad also was wanted in connection with another killing days earlier, in which a security guard was gunned down at a Fresno motel after responding to a disturbance.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer told reporters that Muhammad shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) as he was being taken into custody.

Lieutenant Mark Hudson, a police spokesman, told AFP the FBI had been contacted about the killings and it was too early to say whether they were terror-related.

Dyer said the victims were shot minutes apart in close proximity in areas around downtown. He said Muhammad made other statements to police but he did not disclose them.

The shooting spree happened outside a Catholic Charities building, but spokeswoman Teresa Dominguez said the charity doesn’t believe the suspect was tied to the nonprofit organization.

Sayed Ali Ghazvini, imam of the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno, said Muhammad was not a member of his congregation and he did not recognize him. The imam said he is consulting with other faith leaders.

We’re kind of shocked and surprised for what happened. We are very sorry for this to happen. We offer condolences for the victims, we pray for the victims and their families
Sayed Ali Ghazvini, imam of the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno

Following the shooting, Fresno city spokesman Mark Standriff said county offices were placed on lockdown, and people were urged to shelter in place.