A black man accused of shooting three people to death in Fresno, California, wanted to kill as many white men as possible because he expected to be arrested for another shooting, police said on Wednesday, calling the incident a hate crime. Officials say the suspect, Kori Ali Muhammad, might have been racially motivated. "He did that", Dyer said.
Police later found a backpack with documents showing Muhammad's name, four revolver speed loaders and.357 calibre bullets. Friends say Randalls had just started his new job as a customer-service representative and was doing a ride-along Tuesday.
Muhammad was already wanted for allegedly murdering a Motel 6 security guard who was identified by Dyer today as 25-year-old Carl Williams.
The Fresno County coroner's office says 34-year-old Zackary David Randalls of Clovis, a utility worker, died at a hospital. "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".
When the man learned Tuesday morning that he was the suspect in the motel murder case, Dyer says he chose to murder as many white men as he could in a form of racial retribution.
Muhammad also shot Mark Gassett, 37, of Fresno, after he had picked up groceries at a Catholic Charities building. His body was draped in a blanket on the sidewalk leading to Stephen Hughes' home. He encountered a man carrying a box of food. A third was in a local charity's parking lot.
During his arrest, Muhammad shouted "Allahu Akbar", but Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said the shootings had "nothing to do with terrorism in spite of the statement he made". He lived there with his best friend and roommate, David Jackson, who was gunned down in a series of random shootings that left a few people dead. Muhammad also admitted to shooting the unarmed security guard at the Motel 6 on Thursday, saying that he felt Carl Williams had "disrespected him" during an argument when he was being asked to leave the motel.
"I did it. I shot them", Dyer said Muhammad told officers.
Police say Muhammad gave rare and unusual details about his movements and the killings over several hours of questioning following his arrest, even returning with officers to the crimes scenes and demonstrating his actions.
Reloading as he went, Muhammad walked toward a bus stop near Catholic Charities, where three men saw him and began to run away.
The black gunman told police he wanted to kill as many white people as possible before he was captured, authorities said.
Muhammad shot at another white man who had just walked out of a house, but he missed.
He told investigators that he hid out in a ravine and practiced voodoo rituals after the Motel 6 slayings. Muhammad told police he worships seven gods.
Muhammad then went to a nearby school, "where he hid out by a trash dumpster", Dyer said.
After spending the night on top of the 7-Eleven, Muhammad waited to make sure officers left the area and then climbed down Friday morning, the police chief said. Dyer said he dropped two necklaces he had been holding that he said were charms to ward off evil and gave himself up to police. Dyer described Muhammad as a "racist" rather than a terrorist.
Dyer said Muhammad showed no remorse in interviews and laughed many times.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons says Muhammad was incarcerated at a federal penitentiary from October 2006 to September 2011 after being convicted of possessing cocaine with intent to distribute.
Muhammad told his family there was a war going on between blacks and whites in America.
Muhammad's father, Vincent Taylor, told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday that his son believed that he was part of an ongoing war between whites and blacks, and that "a battle was about to take place".
Police were alerted to the scene Tuesday through ShotSpotter, a gunfire locator that detected multiple gunshots in the same vicinity, Dyer said Tuesday. They spoke. The man then picked up the gun and fled.
Muhammad also repeatedly used the phrase "Black Dragon Lion Hawk" in his Facebook posts, and Levin said such nods to warrior culture are also common in black separatist circles. 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.
Muhammad is expected to be charged with murder on Thursday.
He claimed insanity, and his attorney requested a psychiatric examination for his client, saying Muhammad "appeared eccentric with some weird beliefs".
He was born in Fresno but raised in Sacramento, Muhammad said in the video.