3 Killed by Gunman in California

Police say the shooter has been arrested
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 18, 2017 3:57 PM CDT
3 Killed by Gunman in California
Fresno police members walk near a shooting scene Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in Fresno, Calif.   (John Walker/Fresno Bee/via AP)

Three people were shot and killed Tuesday in California, by a man police say hates white people, the Los Angeles Times reports. According to the AP, all three victims were white. Fresno police chief Jerry Dyer is calling it a "random act of violence." The shooter—who police have identified as 39-year-old Kori Ali Muhammad—walked up to a Pacific Gas & Electric truck in downtown Fresno and shot a man in the passenger seat multiple times, the Fresno Bee reports. Muhammad then allegedly shot and killed two people near a Catholic Charities building, pausing to reload in between. A fourth person was shot at but not hit.

Police say Muhammad surrendered after yelling "Allahu Akbar." He was already wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of a motel security guard Thursday. Dyer says it's too early to say if the shooting was an act of terrorism. While the suspect had posted about not liking white people or the government on Facebook, police say he didn't make any statements indicative of terrorism during the motel shooting on Thursday. The imam of the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno says Muhammad is not a member and faith leaders are currently trying to identify him. (More shooting stories.)

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