Three people were killed after a gunman opened fire in Fresno, Calif. Tuesday (April 18) morning. The suspect, Kori Ali Muhammad was taken into custody shortly after what local authorities called a “random act of violence,” reports the Fresno Bee.
According to Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer, the gunman fired off more than a dozen rounds at “four different locations.” The gun used in the shooting has yet to be located.
One victim was a utilities worker who was reportedly shot inside of a company truck at around 10:45 a.m. Seconds later, a second victim was targeted outside of Catholic Charities, while the third victim was killed walking down the street. A fourth man was shot at, though he was not wounded.
All of the victims were white males. “We looked at his [Muhammad's] Facebook, we know that he has some posts that says that he does not like white people,” Dyer said during a press conference. “Also on that post, he has expressed anti-government sentiments.”
Authorities say Muhammad went by the nickname “Black Jesus,” and reportedly yelled “Allahu Akbar” (“God is great”) after he was arrested. He also rapped under the moniker, "B-God Mac Sun," and recorded two albums.
Fresno police have also been in contact with the FBI. “I’m certain that they’re going to be very interested in this case,” said Dyer.
Muhammad, 39, has been charged with four counts of murder and one count of attempted murder. He is also suspected of killing a motel security guard in an “unprovoked” shooting incident last Thursday (April 13).