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Updated 8:09 pm, Wednesday, April 19, 2017

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) The Latest on a fatal shooting in downtown Fresno, California (all times local):

5 p.m.

The man suspected of killing three white men in a racially motivated attack in Fresno has a criminal history with arrests starting when he was 13.

Kori Ali Muhammad[1]‘s criminal history includes arrests for gun possession, theft and drug charges. Records show he was arrested at least twice as a teen for possessing a gun in school.

Court records show Muhammad also was arrested in Washington state in 2004 after acknowledging he shot a gun outside his apartment.

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This undated photo provided by the Fresno Police Department shows Kori Ali Muhammad a suspect in the Fresno, Calif., shooting on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Muhammad was arrested on Tuesday shortly after the deadly morning rampage that left several dead according to police. (Fresno Police Department via AP) Fresno police stand next to a pile of clothes in front of a corner market in the neighborhood where shootings occurred in Fresno, Calif., Tuesday, April 18, 2017. A man shot and killed three people on the streets of downtown Fresno shouting “God is great” in Arabic during at least one of the slayings and later telling police that he hates white people, authorities said. Reza Nekumanesh, Director of the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno, speaks out against violence at a gathering of faith leaders in response to a shooting that killed 3 people in downtown Fresno, Calif., on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. A man wanted in the slaying of a security guard set out to kill as many white people as he could on Tuesday, gunning down three men on the streets of downtown Fresno before he was captured and admitted to the shootings, authorities said. (Silvia Flores/The Fresno Bee via AP) Rabbi Laura Novak Winer, of Temple Beth Israel, speaks out against violence and asks the people of Fresno to educate themselves about Islam at a gathering of faith leaders in response to a shooting that killed 3 people in downtown Fresno, Calif., on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. A man wanted in the slaying of a security guard set out to kill as many white people as he could on Tuesday, gunning down three men on the streets of downtown Fresno before he was captured and admitted to the shootings, authorities said. (Silvia Flores/The Fresno Bee via AP) Community members and faith leaders from On Ramps Covenant Church hold hands during a prayer and vigil in the alley behind the Catholic Charities’ Fresno Family Resource Center to honor the three shooting victims that were killed by a gun man on Tuesday morning, April 18, 2017, in Fresno, Calif. Two of the victims were shot near the building by suspect Kori Ali Muhammad. (Silvia Flores/The Fresno Bee via AP) Fresno Police department personnel continue to investigate the scene into the evening near the Catholic Charities’ Fresno Family Resource Center after three men were killed by a gun man on Tuesday morning, April 18, 2017, in Fresno, Calif. Two of the victims were shot near the Catholic Charities building by suspect Kori Ali Muhammad. (Silvia Flores/The Fresno Bee via AP) Stephen Hughes, 66, stands outside his house in Fresno, Calif., where he came home minutes after a shooting to find a body on the sidewalk in front of his home, Tuesday, April 18, 2017. A man shot and killed three people on the streets of downtown Fresno shouting “God is great” in Arabic during at least one of the slayings and later telling police that he hates white people, authorities said. A Fresno police detective stands over the body of one of the three shooting victims Tuesday, April 18, 2017 in Fresno, Calif. A man shot and killed three people on the streets of downtown Fresno on Tuesday, shouting “God is great” in Arabic during at least one of the slayings and later telling police that he hates white people, authorities said. Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, was arrested shortly after the rampage, whose victims were all white, police said. He also was wanted in connection with another killing days earlier, in which a security guard was gunned down at a Fresno motel after responding to a disturbance.(John Walker/Fresno Bee via AP) Fresno Police chief Jerry Dyer reviews notes on the triple fatal shooting before addressing the media Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in Fresno, Calif. A man shot and killed three people on the streets of downtown Fresno on Tuesday, shouting “God is great” in Arabic during at least one of the slayings and later telling police that he hates white people, authorities said. Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, was arrested shortly after the rampage, whose victims were all white, police said. He also was wanted in connection with another killing days earlier, in which a security guard was gunned down at a Fresno motel after responding to a disturbance. (John Walker/Fresno Bee via AP)

Fresno police members walk near a shooting scene Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in Fresno, Calif. (John Walker/Fresno Bee/via AP)

Fresno police members walk near a shooting scene Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in Fresno, Calif. (John Walker/Fresno Bee/via AP)

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A street is blocked off where emergency officials say a shooting has killed one person and injured two others Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in downtown Fresno, Calif. Dan Lynch of Fresno County Emergency Medical Services says the two wounded by gunfire have been transported to hospitals. A Fresno city spokesman says county offices are on lockdown, and people have been urged to shelter in place. A Pacific Gas and Electric vehicle that was shot at, with a yellow tarp covering the windshield, is parked in front of police headquarters Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in Fresno, Calif. Authorities say the man accused of shooting and killing three people in central California fired 16 rounds in one minute. Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer says 39-year-old Kori Ali Muhammad was armed with a revolver and reloaded at one point. He opened fire at four locations within a block. (Pablo Lopez/The Fresno Bee via AP) Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer holds a news conference to go over details of Tuesday’s triple homicide shooting in Fresno, Calif., at the Fresno Police Department on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. The black gunman suspected of killing three white men in a racially motivated attack in Fresno was proud of what he had done and laughed many times as he explained his actions in interviews with police, authorities said Wednesday. (Craig Kohlruss/The Fresno Bee via AP) 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. The three men killed Tuesday had no known connection to each other or to the shooter, Kori Ali Muhammad, who is expected to be arraigned Friday. (Carmen George/The Fresno Bee via AP)

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Prosecutors said he left the state and the case was later dismissed after they declined to extradite him from a federal prison.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons[28] says Muhammad was incarcerated at a federal penitentiary from October 2006 to September 2011 after being convicted of possessing cocaine with intent to distribute.

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4:40 p.m.

The roommate of one of the victims of a racially motivated rampage in Fresno says they were waiting for a bus home when the shooter opened fire.

Mark Greer said he and 58-year-old David Jackson stopped at the Catholic Charities[29] building after running a bank errand because Greer needed to use the restroom.

The two were waiting for the bus when authorities say Kori Ali Muhammad, who is black, targeted the white men at random. Greer said he ran into the Catholic Charities building.

Greer says they would shop for groceries and cleaned the house together. On the first of every month, Greer said Jackson would treat him to a meal at Denny’s restaurant where they both ordered the club sandwich.

Greer says Jackson was a military veteran.

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2:15 p.m.

Authorities says a suspect in a shooting that left three white men dead in Fresno continued shooting one victim on the ground.

Police Chief Jerry Dyer[30] said Wednesday that the carnage began as Kori Ali Muhammad killed a security guard at a motel Thursday. Police said Muhammad spent the weekend in a ravine, and after learning he was wanted by police, set out to kill Tuesday.

Dyer says Muhammad, who is black, noticed a white man in a utility truck and fired into it, killing Zackary Randalls. He also shot Mark Gassett on a sidewalk, then pumped two more rounds into him as he lay wounded.

Finally, Dyer said Muhammad fired in the direction of a bus stop where he spotted three white men. They scattered, and the gunman picked an “older gentleman” who appeared to be heavier, David Jackson, and shot him twice.

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1:45 p.m.

Authorities say a man picked up the gun that a suspect used to kill three white men in a racially charged attack in Fresno and are urging him to turn himself in.

Police Chief Jerry Dyer also told reporters Wednesday that it’s “very rare” for a homicide suspect to cooperate with investigators in recounting the killings. Dyer says he believes Kori Ali Muhammad, who is black, was “proud” of what he did.

Muhammad yelled “Allahu akbar,” or “God is great,” during his arrest and described himself as Muslim but says he practiced voodoo rituals and prays to seven different gods.

Dyer says Muhammad isn’t a terrorist but is a racist and described the slayings as a hate crime.

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1:35 p.m.

Authorities say the man suspected of killing three white men in a racially charged attack in Fresno laughed multiple times as he recounted the rampage to detectives.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer told reporters Wednesday that Kori Ali Muhammad spoke about the killings in a callous way as he went with officers to the Motel 6 where he is accused of killing a security guard, and back to the scene of Tuesday’s three killings.

Dyer says Muhammad told police that he gave himself up because he respects Fresno officers, didn’t want them to shoot him and is not a “coward.”

The police chief says Muhammad hasn’t shown any remorse other than saying sorry to Dyer during his arrest.

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1:30 p.m.

Authorities say the man suspected of killing three white men in a racially charged attack in Fresno told police he was “not going to go down for shooting a security guard.”

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said Wednesday that after Kori Ali Muhammad knew he was wanted for the security guard’s death, he wanted to take out as many white men as possible. He told investigators that he did not like white men and that “white people were responsible for keeping the black people down.”

He told investigators that he hid out in a ravine and practiced voodoo rituals after the Motel 6 slayings. He also told investigators he is Muslim, but he prays to seven different gods and hasn’t been to a mosque in 25 years.

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1:20 p.m.

Authorities say the man suspected of killing three white men in a racially charged attack in Fresno says he killed a motel security guard days earlier because the guard disrespected him.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer says suspect Kori Ali Muhammad spent hours talking with investigators after his arrest.

Dyer says Muhammad went with officers to the Motel 6, where he is accused of killing unarmed security guard Carl Williams. Muhammad had gone there to meet a woman, and he argued with security who asked him to leave.

Dyer says Muhammad fired at Williams, intending to kill him, because he felt Williams disrespected him.

The suspect then fled and hid on a gas station roof. Dyer says he watched detectives investigate, then left and hid by a dumpster.

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12:25 p.m.

The mother of a man killed at a Fresno motel days before the same suspect was accused of a shooting rampage says she’s grateful she told her son she loved him before he died.

Authorities say Carl Williams was working as a security guard at a Motel 6 on Thursday night when Kori Ali Muhammad shot and killed him after an altercation. Police say Williams was unarmed.

Francine Williams[31] described her 25-year-old son as a kind and giving person who had recently gotten engaged.

She saw her son a few days before he died and spontaneously told him she loved him and was proud of him. Carl Williams told her he loved her, too.

Muhammad, who’s black, was arrested Tuesday after police say he killed three other white men at random.

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11:45 a.m.

A coroner has released the names of three men gunned down during a shooting rampage in Fresno.

The Fresno County coroner’s office says 34-year-old Zackary David Randalls[32] of Clovis, a utility worker, died at a hospital. Mark James Gassett[33], a 37-year-old from Fresno, died in a neighborhood, and 58-year-old David Martin Jackson[34] of Fresno was shot outside a charity office and died at a hospital.

Police have arrested Kori Ali Muhammad, who is black, saying he singled out white victims and killed them at random.

Prosecutors say Muhammad is expected to be charged with four counts of murder in the three killings Tuesday and in the slaying last week of a motel security guard.

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11:15 a.m.

Prosecutors say the suspect in a racially motivated shooting rampage in Fresno could be arraigned on murder charges by the end of the week.

Steve E. Wright[35], assistant district attorney for Fresno County, says the case against Kori Ali Muhammad will likely be submitted to his office Thursday. Wright says he expects the arraignment will be scheduled for Friday.

Muhammad is expected to be charged with four counts of murder in the killings Tuesday of three men on a downtown street and in the slaying last week of a motel security guard.

Police say the 39-year-old, who is black, singled out white victims and killed them at random.

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11 a.m.

A close friend of a man who was shot in the passenger seat of a utility truck during a deadly rampage in Fresno says the victim was a 34-year-old father of two young children.

Eddie Valencia said Wednesday that he and Zackary Randalls were friends for 15 years after bonding on a job over a love of music and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Randalls was in a training program for Pacific Gas & Electric and doing a ride-along Tuesday when he was gunned down. The driver wasn’t hit and sped toward the police department, but Randalls died.

Two others also were shot and killed. Police arrested Kori Ali Muhammad, who is black, saying he singled out white victims and killed them at random.

Valencia called Randalls “one of the wittiest people he’s ever known,” saying the two loved to laugh.

References

  1. ^ Kori Ali Muhammad (www.ctpost.com)
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