Po­lice: Fresno killer showed no re­morse in in­ter­views

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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The gun­man sus­pected of killing three white men in a racially charged at­tack in Fresno was proud of what he ac­com­plished and laughed many times as he ex­plained his ac­tions dur­ing in­ter­views with po­lice, au­thor­i­ties said Wed­nes­day.

Af­ter Kori Ali Muham­mad learned he was wanted for the death of a se­cu­rity guard last week, he wanted to take out as many other white men as pos­si­ble, Fresno Po­lice Chief Jerry Dyer said.

“He was go­ing to kill as many white males as pos­si­ble and that’s what he set out to do that day. He said he did not like white men and said white peo­ple were re­spon­si­ble for keep­ing black peo­ple down,” Dyer said. Hawai‘i Com­mu­nity Col­lege is an Equal Op­por­tu­nity/Af­fir­ma­tive Ac­tion In­sti­tu­tion.

Muham­mad “is not a ter­ror­ist but he is a racist,” Dyer said.

The sus­pect, who is black, was can­did in ex­plain­ing his ac­tions from Thurs­day night to Tues­day morn­ing, when he me­thod­i­cally shot and killed three white men on the same block, the po­lice chief said. He told po­lice the se­cu­rity guard dis­re­spected him dur­ing an ear­lier al­ter­ca­tion at a Mo­tel 6.

Muham­mad hid out in a ravine and prac­ticed voodoo rit­u­als af­ter the mo­tel slay­ing. He also told in­ves­ti­ga­tors he is Mus­lim, but he prays to seven dif­fer­ent gods and has not been to a mosque in 25 years.

On Tues­day, af­ter he learned he was wanted for the guard’s death, he set out to kill more peo­ple, Dyer said.

He no­ticed a white man in a util­ity truck and fired into the truck, killing Zackary Ran­dalls. He also shot Mark Gas­sett on a side­walk, pump­ing two more rounds into him as the man lay on the ground. Fi­nally, he fired in the di­rec­tion of a bus stop where he spot­ted three white males.

They scat­tered, and Muham­mad picked the one who ap­peared heav­ier, David Jack­son.

“That was go­ing to be his tar­get, and he caught up with him and he fired two rounds into this in­di­vid­ual,” Dyer said.


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