The triple shooting that killed three white men in Fresno yesterday (April 18) has been classified as a hate crime, not an act of terrorism. Police say the gunman, Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, who yelled ‘Allahu Akbar’ (“God is the greatest”) while being arrested, based his actions solely on race.
The shooting first occurred when Muhammad, who changed his last name from McDonald, let off sixteen rounds aimed at four men, one who he missed, around 10:45 a.m. in Downtown Fresno.
Muhammad is now facing two counts of attempted murder and four counts of murder after Tuesday’s shooting. In addition to another shooting the week prior, police have linked him to for the murder of an unarmed Motel 6 security guard.
What led police officials to their conclusion was not only Muhammad’s statement during his arrest, but a review of his Facebook posts continued to support. “If in fact he’s lashing out at white people — white males in this case — that would constitute a hate crime. We don’t believe it’s a terrorist act. We believe it was a hate crime. It was definitely a hate crime,” says Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer.
Dyer states his post suggests, “He does not like white people, and he has anti-government sentiments. [He is] an individual that is filled with hate, filled with anger.” He added in regards to the shooting a week before that, “What we know is that this was a random act of violence. There is every reason to believe he acted alone.”