Police say a gunman shot and killed three people in downtown Fresno, California, on Tuesday before surrendering himself to responding officers.
The suspect, identified as Kori Ali Muhammad, reportedly yelled “Allahu akbar” and expressed his hatred of white people and the government. Muhammad is also a suspect in the fatal shooting of a security guard outside of a motel on Thursday, police said.
Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said it’s still “too early to say” definitively if the shooting spree “involves terrorism.”
“Certainly by the statement that was made it could give that indication, however, there was no statement that was made Thursday night when he shot the security guard. There were no comments made at that time,” the police chief said during a press conference.
Police chief: "Too early to say" if Fresno shooting spree "involves terrorism," but suspect yelling "Allahu akbar" gives that indication.
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Dyer also called the shooting a “random act of violence.”
The Los Angeles Times provides a rundown of how the deadly shooting unfolded on Tuesday:
The gunfire erupted at 10:45 a.m. in the 300 block of North Van Ness Avenue. A few seconds later, a second shooting was reported. A third shooting was reported, then a fourth.
Within a minute, Dyer said, 16 shots were fired.
Moments later, a PG&E pickup truck driver arrived at police headquarters to report his passenger had been shot by a gunman who approached them.
Fresno police said the FBI has been briefed on the shooting. It’s unclear if a federal terrorism investigation will be launched.
This is a breaking news story and may be updated with additional information.