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Fresno killing spree was racially motivated

22 April 2017

Police Chief Jerry Dyer said it was too early to say if the attack was connected to terrorism.

"If in fact he's lashing out at white people - white males in this case - that would constitute a hate crime", Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said.

Phyllis Cervantes, right, says a prayer for Tuesday's shooting victims at a memorial of candles and flowers outside Catholic Charities on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 in Fresno, Calif. "We did conduct a search warrant for the room at the Motel 6, we obtained some cell phones, some iPads from the room, those, analysis of those items is now being conducted to see if they contain any evidence related to the shooting", said Benson.

More details of the shooting that killed 3 people, as well as remembrances of the victims, continued to emerge Wednesday and fill in the full picture of the tragic criminal rampage in this Central Valley city. Police suspect that the man responsible for three shooting.

Here's how police say a fatal argument at a motel led to the deaths of three more men, allegedly victims of hate crimes.

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Dyer says in both of the final two murders Muhammad stood over the men firing shots directly into their bodies. The guard, 25-year-old Carl Williams, was white.

He had been asked to leave the motel and opened fire because he felt disrespected, the police chief said.

Then the 6-foot-1-inch, 220-pound Muhammad ran behind the motel and climbed onto the roof of a nearby 7-Eleven, where he hid out that night. From there, Dyer said, he watched police investigate his crime scene.

The Fresno County district attorney's office announced the charge Thursday against Kori Ali Muhammad. "You can't have terror and you can't have race at the same time", he said.

Muhammad told police that he is Muslim but had't been to a mosque in 20 years and prays to numerous gods and practices voodoo rituals.

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Dyer said he doesn't think the suspect's desire to kill stemmed from religious views, but rather racist views.

Police are searching for the revolver Muhammad said he tossed into a pile of clothing.

Police had put out a news release hours before the shootings Tuesday, saying that Muhammad was armed and risky and wanted in the shooting death of a security guard at a Motel 6 last week.

"And that's what he set out to do".

Shortly before 11 a.m., he approached two men sitting in a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. truck on a tree-lined street in downtown Fresno. The suspect noticed the driver was Hispanic, and the passenger was white. The gun may have been picked up by someone else, Dyer said.

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Zackary Randalls, a 34-year-old father of two young children, was killed. "I would hope that whatever Kori tells [police, ] they take him seriously and they start following up", he said. The following day, it is alleged that Muhammad randomly fired his weapon at two people standing outside of Catholic Charities, killing them both. He also fired at two women inside of a auto and at a group of men at a bus stop. They will then stop for a prayer.

Fresno killing spree was racially motivated