The Latest: Police: Fresno suspect laughed about killings

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Posted: Apr 19, 2017 4:36 PM
The Latest: Police: Fresno suspect laughed about killings

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a fatal shooting in downtown Fresno, California (all times local):

1:35 p.m.

Authorities say the man suspected of killing three white men in a racially charged attack in Fresno laughed multiple times as he recounted the rampage to detectives.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer told reporters Wednesday that Kori Ali Muhammad spoke about the killings in a callous way as he went with officers to the Motel 6 where he is accused of killing a security guard, and back to the scene of Tuesday's three killings.

Dyer says Muhammad told police that he gave himself up because he respects Fresno officers, didn't want them to shoot him and is not a "coward."

The police chief says Muhammad hasn't shown any remorse other than saying sorry to Dyer during his arrest.

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1:30 p.m.

Authorities say the man suspected of killing three white men in a racially charged attack in Fresno told police he was "not going to go down for shooting a security guard."

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said Wednesday that after Kori Ali Muhammad knew he was wanted for the security guard's death, he wanted to take out as many white men as possible. He told investigators that he did not like white men and that "white people were responsible for keeping the black people down."

He told investigators that he hid out in a ravine and practiced voodoo rituals after the Motel 6 slayings. He also told investigators he is Muslim, but he prays to seven different gods and hasn't been to a mosque in 25 years.

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1:20 p.m.

Authorities say the man suspected of killing three white men in a racially charged attack in Fresno says he killed a motel security guard days earlier because the guard disrespected him.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer says suspect Kori Ali Muhammad spent hours talking with investigators after his arrest.

Dyer says Muhammad went with officers to the Motel 6, where he is accused of killing unarmed security guard Carl Williams. Muhammad had gone there to meet a woman, and he argued with security who asked him to leave.

Dyer says Muhammad fired at Williams, intending to kill him, because he felt Williams disrespected him.

The suspect then fled and hid on a gas station roof. Dyer says he watched detectives investigate, then left and hid by a dumpster.

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12:25 p.m.

The mother of a man killed at a Fresno motel days before the same suspect was accused of a shooting rampage says she's grateful she told her son she loved him before he died.

Authorities say Carl Williams was working as a security guard at a Motel 6 on Thursday night when Kori Ali Muhammad shot and killed him after an altercation. Police say Williams was unarmed.

Francine Williams described her 25-year-old son as a kind and giving person who had recently gotten engaged.

She saw her son a few days before he died and spontaneously told him she loved him and was proud of him. Carl Williams told her he loved her, too.

Muhammad, who's black, was arrested Tuesday after police say he killed three other white men at random.

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11:45 a.m.

A coroner has released the names of three men gunned down during a shooting rampage in Fresno.

The Fresno County coroner's office says 34-year-old Zackary David Randalls of Clovis, a utility worker, died at a hospital. Mark James Gassett, a 37-year-old from Fresno, died in a neighborhood, and 58-year-old David Martin Jackson of Fresno was shot outside a charity office and died at a hospital.

Police have arrested Kori Ali Muhammad, who is black, saying he singled out white victims and killed them at random.

Prosecutors say Muhammad is expected to be charged with four counts of murder in the three killings Tuesday and in the slaying last week of a motel security guard.

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11:15 a.m.

Prosecutors say the suspect in a racially motivated shooting rampage in Fresno could be arraigned on murder charges by the end of the week.

Steve E. Wright, assistant district attorney for Fresno County, says the case against Kori Ali Muhammad will likely be submitted to his office Thursday. Wright says he expects the arraignment will be scheduled for Friday.

Muhammad is expected to be charged with four counts of murder in the killings Tuesday of three men on a downtown street and in the slaying last week of a motel security guard.

Police say the 39-year-old, who is black, singled out white victims and killed them at random.

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11 a.m.

A close friend of a man who was shot in the passenger seat of a utility truck during a deadly rampage in Fresno says the victim was a 34-year-old father of two young children.

Eddie Valencia said Wednesday that he and Zackary Randalls were friends for 15 years after bonding on a job over a love of music and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Randalls was in a training program for Pacific Gas & Electric and doing a ride-along Tuesday when he was gunned down. The driver wasn't hit and sped toward the police department, but Randalls died.

Two others also were shot and killed. Police arrested Kori Ali Muhammad, who is black, saying he singled out white victims and killed them at random.

Valencia called Randalls "one of the wittiest people he's ever known," saying the two loved to laugh.

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9:40 a.m.

A woman says she watched as one of the three victims killed during a Fresno shooting rampage took his last breath.

Monique Skinner tells The Fresno Bee (http://bit.ly/2osozFS ) that she was outside her apartment when she flipped the victim over and he gasped and died.

The man had just gone shopping at a Catholic Charities building when he was gunned down. His identity wasn't released.

Police later Tuesday arrested 39-year-old Kori Ali Muhammad. Police say Muhammad, who is black, singled out white victims and killed them at random.

He's expected to be charged with four counts of murder in the killings Tuesday and in the slaying last week of 25-year-old motel security guard Carl Williams.

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8:35 a.m.

Muslim and other faith leaders held a vigil late Tuesday near the scene where three people were killed in a shooting rampage in downtown Fresno.

Police say Kori Ali Muhammad on Tuesday singled out white victims and killed them at random because he believed there was a war going on between blacks and whites in America. Muhammad is black.

The Fresno Bee reports (http://bit.ly/2pAwbZ4 ) the faith leaders also gathered outside City Hall earlier Tuesday to denounce the violence and offer prayers for the families of the victims.

Islamic Cultural Center Director Reza Nekumanesh says his organization "condemns the acts of the criminal in the strongest terms."

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer says Muhammad shouted "God is great" in Arabic during his arrest and had posted on social media that he dislikes white people.

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7:26 a.m.

The suspect in the shooting deaths of three people in Fresno told his family there was a war going on between blacks and whites in America.

Kori Ali Muhammad is in custody and is expected to be charged with four counts of murder. Three men were killed Tuesday and a 25-year-old security guard was killed last week. Muhammad is black. The victims were white.

The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/2pPLuMr ) that Muhammad's father, Vincent Taylor, says his son believed that he was part of that ongoing racial war and that "a battle was about to take place."

Police say the three men shot in downtown Fresno happened to be on the same block but were singled out at random. They had no known connection to each other or to Muhammad.

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12 a.m.

Three men were having a seemingly ordinary day in downtown Fresno, California, before they were singled out at random and killed by a black gunman targeting white victims, police said.

The men happened to be on the same block, but had no known connection to each other or to the shooter, Kori Ali Muhammad, who told police he wanted to kill as many white people as he could before he was captured.

Muhammad is in custody and is expected to be charged with four counts of murder — for Tuesday's three victims and 25-year-old Motel 6 security guard, Carl Williams, another white man who Muhammad is accused of shooting last week. He also faces at least two additional charges of assault with a deadly weapon.