Heading home or on a new job: Fresno victims shot at random

Heading home or on a new job: Fresno victims shot at random

The shootings happened outside a Catholic Charities building, but spokeswoman Teresa Dominguez told the Associated Press that the charity does not believe the suspect was tied to the nonprofit organization.

Gassett and Jackson were both clients of Catholic Charities and shot near the charity's Fresno headquarters.

Kori Muhammad, a black man charged in the shooting murders of three white men in Fresno, California, will also face hate crime enhancements, according to police. That man became his final victim, Dyer said. She said he had fallen on hard times but had recently had been working to improve his lot. The driver wasn't hit and sped toward the police department, but Randalls died.

Francine Williams described her 25-year-old son as a kind and giving person who had recently gotten engaged. In a statement released last week, Fresno police said Muhammad was believed to have shot and killed Carl Williams, an unarmed 25-year-old security guard, outside of a Motel 6 on North Blackstone Avenue on Thursday.

This 2017 photo provided by Eddie Valencia shows Zackary Randalls with one of his children. "There were no boundaries with race, religions, beliefs, with anything".

"Good morning, Mom. I love you", Wagner recalled, dark sunglasses hiding her tears. "He was a stand-up guy". He is expected to be arraigned Friday. His body was draped in a blanket on the sidewalk leading to Stephen Hughes' home.

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

Muhammad was arrested shortly after the shooting and has since given detectives several hours of interviews describing his actions, Dyer said.

Muhammad fired at Williams because he said the security guard disrespected him, Dyer said. Williams was a manager at a Toys R' Us who was at his second job when Muhammad shot and killed him at a Motel 6. Dyer says he watched detectives investigate, then left and hid by a dumpster.

"He said he is Muslim, but prays to seven different gods", the police chief said.

On Tuesday morning, Muhammad had gone to buy items to practice voodoo rituals when he went to Starbucks instead, Dyer said. Muhammad then ran into the arresting officer at Divisadero and shouted "allahu akbar" as he was taken into custody.

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.

Muhammad "is not a terrorist but he is a racist", Dyer said. Muhammad had gone there to meet a woman, and he argued with security who asked him to leave.

"I thought that's why he's upset, because he thinks of me as a mother", she told the Los Angeles Times.

With his three victims dying on the pavement, Muhammad surrendered.

A frequent flier in the toxic armpit of discourse - social media - Muhammad's rage seemed infinite, calling whites "devils". He told investigators that he did not like white men and that "white people were responsible for keeping the black people down". The handgun that police say Muhammad used, a 357 Magnum, is still missing.

On his Facebook page, Muhammad hailed black pride and nationalism. A flurry of posts emerged in the past day.

Muhammad has a criminal history that includes arrests on weapons, drugs and false imprisonment charges and making terrorist threats.

He claimed insanity after being charged with possessing cocaine with intent to distribute in 2005, and his attorney requested a psychiatric examination, saying Muhammad "appeared eccentric with some freaky beliefs". "At the same time, he said he was not a coward".

He claimed insanity and his lawyer requested a psychiatric examination, saying Muhammad "appeared eccentric with some freakish beliefs".

According to court documents, he "suffered auditory hallucinations and had at least two prior mental health hospitalizations".

"These were unprovoked attacks", Dyer said. Though he didn't want to speak on camera, Muhammad's father said his son first talked of killing people more than a decade ago.

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