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Fresno shooter gave police detailed account of slayings

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) – The violence that culminated in a mass shooting Tuesday began five days earlier when police say Kori Ali Muhammad[1] shot an unarmed security guard at a Motel 6, who he said disrespected him while he visited a female friend at the hotel.

Muhammad[2] shot the guard, 25-year-old Carl Williams, multiple times at close range shortly after 11 p.m., police said. Then the 6-foot-1-inch, 220-pound Muhammad[3] ran behind the motel and climbed onto the roof of a nearby 7-Eleven, where he hid out that night. Friday morning, he watched police officers investigate the crime scene and by evening he was in a ravine, where he told police he conducted voodoo rituals for three days. Police say Muhammad[4] gave rare and unusual details about his movements and the killings over several hours of questioning following his arrest, even returning with officers to the crimes scenes and demonstrating his actions.

As he spoke about the shooting and shooting individuals, he did so in a very callous manner, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer[5] said.

Muhammad[6], 39, told investigators he is Muslim but prays to seven different gods.

After emerging from the ravine Sunday, he cut his braided hair and burned it, altering his appearance from the wanted photos police were soon to release in a manhunt for him in the death of the security guard. On Tuesday, Muhammad[7] headed over to a store called The Brass Unicorn in search of crystals to use for more rituals. But it was closed, so he stopped at a Starbucks where he got on the internet for the first time since Thursday night and learned he was a suspect in the guard s murder.

Once he saw that he was wanted for murder, he was not going to go down for shooting a security guard for disrespecting him but that he was going to kill as many white males as possible, Dyer[8] said.


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