A man who shot and killed three men in downtown Fresno, California on Tuesday and who vowed to kill as many white people as possible has been captured.
According to CBS News, 39-year-old Kori Ali Muhammad has admitted to the shootings. He shouted “Allahu Akbar” -- meaning “God is great” in Arabic -- as police tackled him to the ground after the shootings.
Police said that this shooting is not connected to terrorism and is instead a racially-charged crime. Muhammed had posted those racial sentiments on social media. On his Facebook page, Muhammed repeatedly posted “#LetBlackPeopleGo” and told “black warriors” to “mount up.” He posted about “white devils” on multiple occasions and often included the phrase “Allahu Akbar” on his Facebook statuses.
According to the report, a Facebook posting on Monday from Muhammad stated, “My kill rate increases tremendously on the other side.”
“These individuals who were chosen [Tuesday] did not do anything to deserve what they got,” Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said.“These were unprovoked attacks by an individual that was intent on carrying out homicides today. He did that.”
All three victims were white men, and police said that victims appeared to be picked at random. Victims ranged in age between 34 and 58.
Dyer said Muhammad has a criminal history and has been arrested on weapons, drugs and false imprisonment charges and making terrorist threats in the past. Although he has been associated with gangs, he was not a validated member.
Before the killings, Muhammad was already wanted for murder. He had been wanted in connection to a killing last week, CBS affiliate KGPE-TV reported, when Muhammad allegedly shot a 25-year-old Motel 6 security guard.
Authorities said he shot 16 rounds in one minute with a revolver before reloading. According to reports, Muhammad opened fire at four locations within one block, and was arrested shortly after.