(WND) — By Bob Unruh
Police in Fresno say a black suspect identified as Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, has been taken into custody for allegedly shooting and killing four people after shouting “Allahu akbar” and declaring a hatred of “white people.”
Muhammad had been wanted in connection with the shooting death of a security guard nearby last Thursday, according to police chief Jerry Dyer.
On Tuesday, gunfire erupted at about 10:45 a.m. in Fresno. Within seconds a second shooting was reported, then a third and fourth.
Police reported the suspect allegedly fired at least 16 shots at four different locations in only a minute.
Fox News reported Dyer said Muhammad expressed hatred of white people and the government, but the police chief also said it wasn’t clear if the shootings were terror-related.
“Certainly by the statement that was made it could give that indication, however, there was no statement made on Thursday night when he shot the security guard and killed him. There was no comments or no statements made at that time, so I am not certain why he said what he said today,” the chief said.
Dyer said that as the suspect was taken into custody he yelled out “Allahu akbar.”
Police recounted the sequence of events. A PG&E truck drove into police headquarters and the driver reported his passenger had been shot by a gunman who had approached them. Then, Dyer said, the gunman walked over to a resident and opened fire but missed.
Encountering another man, the gunman fired and killed him. Dyer said he then headed toward Catholic Charities in the 100 block of North Fulton Street and opened fire on a man in the parking lot, striking and killing him.
Muhammad then was taken into custody.
Police said all of the victims Tuesday were white men.