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Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
National | By Glenda Ortiz

Fresno shooting suspect practices voodoo: cops


Police were alerted to the scene Tuesday through ShotSpotter, a gunfire locator that detected multiple gunshots in the same vicinity, Dyer said Tuesday.

Dyer says Muhammad was publicly identified Tuesday as the person who last week shot a 25-year-old Motel 6 security guard.

Jackson ran, and Muhammad chased him, Dyer said.

Around 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, Muhammad fired 17 shots in about three minutes, Dyer said.

Now, police are saying the killings were completely random and the gunman wanted to kill "as many white people as possible". "He set out to kill as many as he could". "He said he did not like white men, white people were responsible for keeping blacks down".

Dyer clarified during a Tuesday evening news conference that the shooting was based on hate.

Authorities in Fresno, Calif., have captured a suspect in the slaying of three white men who were walking on the city's streets Tuesday morning.

Muhammad told officers at his arrest that he was the guy they were looking for, Dyer said. He later took a bus to Herndon and Milburn avenues, where he stayed Friday through Sunday in a ravine, "practicing what he decribed as voodoo rituals", Dyer said. He also told investigators he is Muslim, but he prays to seven different gods and has not been to a mosque in 25 years. "He went to the Tower District to buy crystals at the Brass Unicorn, but the store was closed, so he went to a nearby Starbucks, where he was able to access the Internet and learned he was wanted in the Motel 6 shooting, Dyer said".

Prosecutors said he left the state and the case was later dismissed after they declined to extradite him from a federal prison.

They scattered, and Muhammad picked the one who appeared heavier, David Jackson. The suspect showed no remorse, police said.

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One victim, a 34-year-old father of two preschoolers, was shot in the passenger seat of a Pacific Gas & Electric utility truck. The driver sped away and drove to Fresno Police headquarters.

He also allegedly pointed the gun at three Hispanic women - a woman, her adult daughter and her 4-year-old granddaughter - who heard the gunshots and got into their vehicle, which had trouble starting.

"He wouldn't want people to be divided by this", Valencia told the Fresno Bee. "There were no boundaries with race, religions, beliefs, with anything". A memorial of candles and flowers honors victims of Tuesday's shooting outside Catholic Charities Wednesday, April 19, 2017 in Fresno, Calif. Mark Gassett, 37, of Fresno, had just picked up groceries at a Catholi.

Mr Hughes came home to see a body draped in a blanket on the pavement leading to his front door.

A psychiatrist who examined Muhammad believed he had psychosis, his lawyer said in the court filing.

Community members and faith leaders from On Ramps Covenant Church hold a prayer and vigil in the alley behind the Catholic Charities' Fresno Family Resource Center to honor the three shooting victims that were killed by a gun man on Tuesday morning.

"We don't believe it's a terrorist act", Police Chief Jerry Dyer told reporters about the Tuesday rampage led by suspect Kori Ali Muhammad.

"Within seconds, Dyer said, the gunman had moved west on Mildreda Street, firing at but missing a resident, and then to Fulton Street, where he fired several rounds at another man, striking and killing him".

On what appeared to be his Facebook page, he repeatedly posted '#LetBlackPeopleGo" and encouraged "black warriors" to "mount up'. A flurry of posts emerged in the past day. Muhammad, he added, had a long criminal history including weapons charges and drug infractions. Police said he may have been a client of Catholic Charities.

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