Imam: Fresno suspect not part of Islam center

THE POLICE CHIEF in the Californian city of Fresno has said that three people have been killed in a shooting in the downtown area of the city.

Police said they determined that the passenger had been shot by the suspect they now have in custody, who was identified as 39-year-old Kori Ali Muhammad. The guard died in hospital.

He also shouted "Allahu Akbar" as police tackled him to the ground, according to Dyer. The three victims were white, NBC12 reported, a distinction Dyer said was purposeful.

Muhammad has a lengthy criminal history that includes weapons violations, drug offenses and making terrorist threats, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said during a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

Muhammad, 39, will face four counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder, officials said.

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"What we know is that this was a random act of violence", Dyer said, adding that it's too soon to determine whether the shootings were acts of terrorism. He also was wanted for a separate killing from last week, in which a motel security guard in Fresno was gunned down.

Muhammad's alleged shooting spree began around 10:45 a.m. when police say he shot a man in a utility truck. He said Muhammad made other statements to police but he did not disclose them.

A spokesperson for the Catholic Charities told the Fresno Bee that the charity does not believe the shooter was tied to Catholic Charities.

County offices were placed on lockdown and people were urged to shelter in place during the shooting.

Further details on the incident were not immediately available. She says the charity is working with police to provide information.

  • Kyle Peterson