A man opened fire in Fresno, California leaving three people dead. The police are closely looking into the possibility that the fatal shooting was terrorism-related especially targeting white people.
A 39-year old man named Kori Ali Muhammad was taken into custody for questioning in connection with the shootings, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer has confirmed.The suspect shouted "Allahu Akbar" as police officers arrested him following the shooting. As such the incident is now being investigated as a possible case of a terrorist attack.
Dyer said in a news conference after the arrest that Muhammad went by the nickname "Black Jesus". It was also discovered that he had written about his dislike, if not hatred, for white people on his Facebook page. All of the people he shot were white people.
Muhammad fired at least 16 rounds in less than a minute at four downtown Fresno at around 10:45 in the morning local time. A police officer spotted him running through the streets. Muhammad dove into the ground when he saw the officer. A local newspaper also described the gun he used as a large-caliber handgun. He was also heard to be cursing outside a Catholic Charities building.Muhammad was also wanted in connection with another fatal shooting of an unarmed security guard at Motel 6 in Fresno, Dyer added.Dyer had contacted the FBI for the case due to its terrorism-related nature. County government offices were put in lockdown following the shooting and residents were advised to stay in their homes. Fresno is an agricultural hub in California's central valley.