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.