Police say three men are dead after a man shouting anti-white sentiments gunned them down in Fresno, California, on Tuesday.
New York Daily News reports that Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, is accused of firing 16 rounds into four different locations in Central Fresno, all in a timespan of around a minute. The attacks began a little after 2 p.m., when Muhammad reportedly opened fire on a white passenger in a utility truck. He then shot at a nearby man, also white, several times, killing him almost instantly. He followed up by shooting and killing another white man in a Catholic Charities parking lot.
Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said that the attacks were unprovoked.
“This was a random act of violence. These were unprovoked attacks by an individual who was intent on carrying out homicides today.”
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Dyer also said that Muhammad, who goes by “Black Jesus” on social media, has connections to “anti-white and anti-government sentiments” groups online.
Although he yelled, “Allahu Akbar” before shooting, authorities are not treating the incident as an an act of terrorism. He was apprehended and while being arrested, yelled, “Allahu Akbar” again.
Muhammad’s grandmother, Glenestene Taylor, told the Los Angeles Times that he changed his name from Kori Taylor to Kori Ali Muhammad when he was a teenager. She said he was always considered the outsider in the family due to his behavior.
“He was a different kind of boy, he was different from all my kids. I don’t know why he got on this Muhammad stuff … he tried to tell me about it.”
His father, Vincent Taylor, said that Muhammad struck out after he perceived there to be an ongoing war between black men and white men. Muhammad’s self-released album, “True Story Kori,” is filled with hateful songs directed towards white men, with lyrics that include words such as “white devil” and “murder squad.”
Muhammad remains behind bars with no bond. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had an attorney.
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