Three killed in Fresno, California shooting spree
- Author: Ernesto Newman Apr 19, 2017,
Apr 19, 2017, 1:42
Three people were killed after a man went on a shooting spree in downtown Fresno, California on Tuesday before he was tackled and taken into custody, police said.
Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said 39-year-old Kori Ali Muhammad was armed with a revolver and reloaded at one point. All three victims in Tuesday's killings were white men, and Muhammad is black.
Dyer told reporters that the three people were shot minutes apart in close proximity in areas around the downtown area of Fresno.
The Fresno Bee newspaper reported that the gunman opened fire with a handgun while cursing shortly before 11am (1am Wednesday, Thailand time) near a Catholic Charities building. He also shared violent memes, including one featuring a photo of George Zimmerman, the Florida man who killed Treyvon Martin in 2012, with the words "niggas in florida, why is george zimmerman ALIVE?" The meme includes an illustration of black men shooting people dressed in a Nazi t-shirt and wearing Ku Klux Klan robes.
Dyer said that based on Muhammad's Facebook postings, he had expressed anti-government sentiments and had said that he "does not like white people".
Dyer said his department had contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation over the incident.
Muhammad was already wanted in connection to the killing of an unarmed security guard at a Motel 6 last week, police said.
The second shooting was shortly after, during which the gunman fired a number of rounds at a man, killing him.
The victims of the shooting have not yet been identified.
County offices were placed on lockdown and people were urged to shelter in place during the shooting.
Fresno is an agricultural hub in California's central valley, about 170 miles southeast of San Francisco.