Gunman shot, killed white men on street at random

19 April, 2017, 09:54 | Author: Eloise Marshall

Muhammad was being sought in the April 13 slaying of Carl Williams, 25, an unarmed security guard shot outside a Fresno Motel 6.

Authorities on Tuesday spotted Muhammad running and took him into custody, the police chief said.

The victims appeared to be random, Dyer said. She says the charity is working with police to provide information.

The gunman then fired at a utility vehicle belonging to Pacific Gas and Electric Company, killing the passenger. A fourth man was shot at, though he was not wounded. The driver of the truck, who is Latino, sped off to the police department for help, but the worker, a 34-year-old white man, died. After that, he encountered another man, who he shot and killed, Dyer said.

"These individuals who were chosen today did not do anything to deserve what they got", Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said.

Dyer said that its too soon to determine if the shootings involved terrorism.

However, a review of Muhammads social media shows he quoted the phrase “Allahu Akbar” in a tweet. That shooting was "unprovoked", Dyer said.

Muhammad was arrested shortly after the shooting.

Dyer says "this is exclusively based on race". “There is every reason to believe he acted alone.”.

Muhammad was identified early in the Motel 6 murder, based on the surveillance cameras, and officers had sought him in Madera and other locations in subsequent days.

"He does not like white people", Dyer said, citing the suspect's statements after being arrested and his Facebook postings.

Witnesses reported the gunman sprayed rounds while reloading and cursing.

"Immediately upon the individual seeing the officer he literally dove onto the ground and was taken into custody and as he was taken into custody he yelled out 'Allahu Akhbar, '" Dyer said.

Shot Spotter detected the first gunshots around 10:45 a.m., according to KGPE.

County government buildings were placed on lockdown during the shooting spree and residents were urged to shelter in place. Homicide detectives were called to the shooting scenes. Then, he stopped and calmly ejected spent shell casings from the weapon and reloaded near a bus stop south of Nevada.

“It could have been me, ” moaned one man. "We offer condolences for the victims, we pray for the victims and their families". Public and employee safety is always our top priority.

"We are very sorry for this to happen", Ghazvini said. Few other details were immediately known. None of us can imagine what they must be going through.

Fresno Mayor Lee Brand called it "a sad day for us all".


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