Police said Kori Ali Muhammad allegedly killed a motel security guard last week in Fresno, then randomly shot and killed 3 people. As he was taken into custody, he shouted “Allahu Akbar,” police said.
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Police say a 39-year-old homeless man is in custody after killing a motel security guard, then killing three other people in a shooting spree in Fresno, California.
Authorities had been searching for Kori Ali Muhammad after he was identified as a suspect in the fatal shooting of a security guard at Motel Six on Thursday, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer told reporters.
Then, on Tuesday morning, police received alerts through a gunshot detection system that 16 rounds had been fired at several locations in the city within a minute.
Officers were responding to the shooting when they saw a man running away from the scene, Dyer said. Officers arrested the man and realized it was Muhammad. As he was taken into custody, he said, “Allahu Akbar,” the Arabic phrase meaning “God is great” that has also been adopted by terrorist groups such as ISIS.
“I'm not certain why he said what he said today, but I'm sure through the course of the interview we'll determine why,” Dyer said.
Dyer added that police had found a Facebook page that appeared to belong to Muhammad which contained anti-government and anti-white posts. Muhammad's motive is so far unknown, but the FBI will be joining the investigation, Dyer said.
“I'm certain they're going to be very interested in this case,” Dyer said.
At the time of his arrest, Muhammad was carrying ammunition and speed loaders that matching the caliber of revolver used in the shootings, Dyer said. Police believe he threw the gun as he was trying to flee, and it has not yet been located.