Written by Associated Press
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a fatal shooting in downtown Fresno, California (all times local):
Muslim and other faith leaders held a vigil late Tuesday near the scene where three people were killed in a shooting rampage in downtown Fresno.
Police say Kori Ali Muhammad on Tuesday singled out white victims and killed them at random because he believed there was a war going on between blacks and whites in America. Muhammad is black.
The Fresno Bee reports (http://bit.ly/2pAwbZ4 ) the faith leaders also gathered outside City Hall earlier Tuesday to denounce the violence and offer prayers for the families of the victims.
Islamic Cultural Center Director Reza Nekumanesh says his organization “condemns the acts of the criminal in the strongest terms.”
Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer says Muhammad shouted “God is great” in Arabic during his arrest and had posted on social media that he dislikes white people.
The suspect in the shooting deaths of three people in Fresno told his family there was a war going on between blacks and whites in America.
Kori Ali Muhammad is in custody and is expected to be charged with four counts of murder. Three men were killed Tuesday and a 25-year-old security guard was killed last week. Muhammad is black. The victims were white.
The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/2pPLuMr ) that Muhammad’s father, Vincent Taylor, says his son believed that he was part of that ongoing racial war and that “a battle was about to take place.”
Police say the three men shot in downtown Fresno happened to be ono the same block but were singled out at random. They had no known connection to each other or to Muhammad.
Three men were having a seemingly ordinary day in downtown Fresno, California, before they were singled out at random and killed by a black gunman targeting white victims, police said.
The men happened to be on the same block, but had no known connection to each other or to the shooter, Kori Ali Muhammad, who told police he wanted to kill as many white people as he could before he was captured.
Muhammad is in custody and is expected to be charged with four counts of murder — for Tuesday’s three victims and 25-year-old Motel 6 security guard, Carl Williams, another white man who Muhammad is accused of shooting last week. He also faces at least two additional charges of assault with a deadly weapon.