FRESON, Calif. – Police said the Fresno gunman who killed three people on a shooting spree in the downtown area Tuesday while shouting “Allahu Akbar” wanted to kill as many white people as possible, reported Fox News.
Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, knew he was being searched for and he “decided he was going to kill more people,” Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said.
During his arrest, Muhammad shouted “Allahu Akbar,” but Dyer said the shootings had “nothing to do with terrorism in spite of the statement he made.”
“This is solely based on race,” Dyer told reporters.
“These were unprovoked attacks by an individual that was intent on carrying out homicides today. He did that,” Dyer said.
Muhammad first walked up to a utility truck and shot a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. employee sitting in the passenger seat. The driver of the truck, who is Latino, sped off to the police department for help, but the worker, a 34-year-old white man, died.
Muhammad then shot at another person and missed, police said. He aimed at a third, killing the 37-year-old on the sidewalk as he walked with a bag of groceries. The final victim, 58, was gunned down in the parking lot of a charity building, authorities said.
Dyer said Muhammad approached a vehicle in between shootings, but he spared the lives of two Latina women who were in the car with a child.
Police had put out a news release hours before the shootings Tuesday, saying that Muhammad was armed and dangerous and wanted in the shooting death of a security guard at a Motel 6 last week. The guard, 25-year-old Carl Williams, was white.
Muhammad told officers at his arrest that he was the guy they were looking for, Dyer said.
“I did it. I shot them,” Dyer said Muhammad told officers.