Man shoots 3 dead in Fresno, yells 'Allahu Akhbar'

  • Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, shot and killed three people in Fresno, California
  • He reportedly shouted 'Allahu Akbar' before shooting three white men 
  • He is also wanted in the death of a security guard on Easter Sunday 
  • He was arrested following the attack which police say was a 'random act of violence' 
  • It is not believed Muhammad had any accomplices in the horror attack  

By Associated Press and Anna Hopkins For Dailymail.com

Published: 20:34 BST, 18 April 2017 | Updated: 23:58 BST, 18 April 2017

Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, was taken into custody after shooting dead three people on the streets of downtown Fresno, California 
Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, was taken into custody after shooting dead three people on the streets of downtown Fresno, California 

Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, was taken into custody after shooting dead three people on the streets of downtown Fresno, California 

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. His victims were all white males apparently chosen at random. 

He is also 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.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said the victims were shot seconds apart around 10:45am in close proximity in areas around downtown.

Muhammad is a self-proclaimed rapper who goes by the nickname of 'Black Jesus'. He also goes by the name of B-God Mac Sun, and sells his 12-track album 'True Story Kori' on Amazon.

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One undated photo shows Muhammad, 39, wearing a turban and pro-black t-shirt
One undated photo shows Muhammad, 39, wearing a turban and pro-black t-shirt
Another shows him donning head and body jewelry and carrying a wooden staff
Another shows him donning head and body jewelry and carrying a wooden staff

Muhammad posted a number of photos on Facebook donning turbans and head jewelry and wearing pro-black clothing, and previously posted about his dislike of white people 

Muhammad, 39, was arrested shortly after shooting dead three people in Fresno
Muhammad, 39, was arrested shortly after shooting dead three people in Fresno
The self-proclaimed rapper goes by the nickname of 'Black Jesus' according to Police Chief Jerry Dyer
The self-proclaimed rapper goes by the nickname of 'Black Jesus' according to Police Chief Jerry Dyer

Muhammad is a self-proclaimed rapper that goes by the nickname 'Black Jesus' according to Police Chief Jerry Dyer 

After being taken into custody, Dyer said Muhammad also made other statements to police, but he did not disclose them to the public.   

Muhammad is active on Facebook and Twitter and previously expressed his dislike of white people and anti-government sentiments in social media posts.

Police say Muhammad first approached a PG&E van on the 300 block of North Van Ness street and shot the passenger inside repeatedly. 

Evacuated office workers stand by with a deceased shooting victim down on the sidewalk in the horror rampage in Fresno
Evacuated office workers stand by with a deceased shooting victim down on the sidewalk in the horror rampage in Fresno

Evacuated office workers stand by with a deceased shooting victim down on the sidewalk in the horror rampage in Fresno

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer, center, said the victims were shot seconds apart around 10:45am in close proximity in areas around downtown
Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer, center, said the victims were shot seconds apart around 10:45am in close proximity in areas around downtown

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer, center, said the victims were shot seconds apart around 10:45am in close proximity in areas around downtown

He then took aim at a bystander nearby at the corner of Van Ness and Mildreda Street - but missed.

He continued down Fulton Street, shooting and killing a pedestrian there, then briefly reloaded at a nearby bus stop.

Muhammad killed the last victim of his rampage in the parking lot of the Catholic Charities building on the 100 block of North Fulton Street.

Though the shooting happened outside a Catholic Charities building, spokeswoman Teresa Dominguez said the charity doesn't believe the suspect was tied to the nonprofit organization or specifically targeting those of a Christian faith.

Muhammad is suspected of killed security guard Carl Williams, pictured, in a shooting at the Motel 6 in Fresno on Easter Sunday
Muhammad is suspected of killed security guard Carl Williams, pictured, in a shooting at the Motel 6 in Fresno on Easter Sunday

Muhammad is suspected of killed security guard Carl Williams, pictured, in a shooting at the Motel 6 in Fresno on Easter Sunday

Muhammad was identified as a suspect in the murder of security guard Carl Williams at the Motel 6 in Fresno on Sunday after surveillance footage captured the killing on tape.

Williams, 25, was unarmed and was killed after allegedly getting into an altercation with Muhammad. 

Witnesses on Tuesday say he shot off sixteen rounds while screaming and cursing, and was carrying a large-caliber revolver, according to the Fresno Bee.   

The 'rapper' uploaded one music video titled 'U Gone Need Me: Tru Story Kori' in which he discusses racism and 'liberation of his people'.

He says: '...on a mission for the liberation of my people.'

'Hollow points make a white devil body spin ... Kill a racist devil dead, cut off they head, put a bullet in they head, and get that bread.' 

Officers on the scene found rounds of 357 caliber bullets, and a speed loader for a revolver, but did not recover a murder weapon when they apprehended Muhammad. 

Sayed Ali Ghazvini, imam of the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno, said Muhammad was not a member of his congregation and he did not recognize him. 

The imam said he is consulting with other faith leaders.

A street is blocked off where three people were shot dead by the gunman screaming 'god is great' in Arabic
A street is blocked off where three people were shot dead by the gunman screaming 'god is great' in Arabic

A street is blocked off where three people were shot dead by the gunman screaming 'god is great' in Arabic

Following the shootin, county offices were placed on lockdown, and people were urged to shelter in place
Following the shootin, county offices were placed on lockdown, and people were urged to shelter in place

Following the shootin, county offices were placed on lockdown, and people were urged to shelter in place

'We're kind of shocked and surprised for what happened,' Ghazvini said. 

'We are very sorry for this to happen. We offer condolences for the victims, we pray for the victims and their families.'

Following the shooting, Fresno city spokesman Mark Standriff said county offices were placed on lockdown, and people were urged to shelter in place.

Officials say it's too early to determine if the shooting were an act of terrorism, but they do not believe Muhammad had any accomplices.

'What we know is that this was a random act of violence,' Dyer said. 

'There is every reason to believe he acted alone.'

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