Three white men were killed and another wounded when a black gunman opened fire in Fresno, California, in a suspected race attack, police have said.
Police Chief Jerry Dyer said Muhammad fired at least 16 rounds from a large-caliber handgun in less than a minute at four downtown Fresno locations at about 10:45 a.m. local time before he was arrested while running through the streets by a police officer. on Tuesday.
He shouted “God is great” in Arabic as police arrested him but this apparently was a hate crime not terrorism, Mr Dyer said.
Suspect Ali Muhammed, aged 39, was also wanted for the murder of an unarmed security guard outside a motel 6, last week in Fresno.
“Immediately upon the individual seeing the officer he literally dove onto the ground and was taken into custody and as he was taken into custody he yelled out ‘Allahu Akbar,'” Dyer told the meaning of his words during the crime was “God is great” suspect said in Arabic.
“He does not like white people,” Dyer said, citing the suspect’s statements after being arrested and his Facebook postings which describes his hate for government and white people. The chief said Muhammad is African American, used the nickname Black Jesus actually did a crime for his hate regarding the white people and this was a racist attack.
Mr Dyer said, “He wanted to kill as many people as he could and that’s what he set out to do.”
“This was a random act of violence. These were unprovoked attacks by an individual who was intent on carrying out homicides today.”
While discussing the Tuesday attack Mr Dyer said, “has nothing to do with terrorism in spite of the statements that he [Kori Ali Muhammad] made”.
“He did clarify that the reason he had made that statement was that in the event that anything did happen to him that he was in fact pledging his allegiance to God for protection.”