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Fresno gunman laughed during interview with police

  • This undated photo provided by the Fresno Police Department shows Kori Ali Muhammad a suspect in the Fresno, Calif., shooting on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Muhammad was arrested on Tuesday shortly after the deadly morning rampage that left several dead according to police. (Fresno Police Department via AP)

  • Fresno Police department personnel continue to investigate the scene into the evening near the Catholic Charities' Fresno Family Resource Center after three men were killed by a gun man on Tuesday morning, April 18, 2017, in Fresno, Calif. Two of the victims were shot near the Catholic Charities building by suspect Kori Ali Muhammad. (Silvia Flores/The Fresno Bee via AP) SILVIA FLORES

  • A memorial of candles and flowers grows at the scene of Tuesday’s triple homicide shooting near Catholic Charities in downtown Fresno, Calif., on Wednesday. ap photo

  • Va'Ron Mitchell, from left, 10, his aunt Deshunna Ricks, and his cousin A'Marian Trujillo, 13, all of Fresno, hold candles with community members and faith leaders from On Ramps Covenant Church during a prayer and vigil in the alley behind the Catholic Charities' Fresno Family Resource Center to honor the three shooting victims that were killed by a gun man on Tuesday morning, April 18, 2017, in Fresno, Calif. Two of the victims were shot near the building by suspect Kori Ali Muhammad. (Silvia Flores/The Fresno Bee via AP) SILVIA FLORES

  • Community members and faith leaders from On Ramps Covenant Church hold hands during a prayer and vigil in the alley behind the Catholic Charities' Fresno Family Resource Center to honor the three shooting victims that were killed by a gun man on Tuesday morning, April 18, 2017, in Fresno, Calif. Two of the victims were shot near the building by suspect Kori Ali Muhammad. (Silvia Flores/The Fresno Bee via AP) SILVIA FLORES

  • Community members and faith leaders from On Ramps Covenant Church hold a prayer and vigil in the alley behind the Catholic Charities' Fresno Family Resource Center to honor the three shooting victims that were killed by a gun man on Tuesday morning, April 18, 2017, in Fresno, Calif. Two of the victims were shot near the building by suspect Kori Ali Muhammad. (Silvia Flores/The Fresno Bee via AP) SILVIA FLORES

  • Francine Williams and Randy Hicks, mother and stepfather of slain security guard Carl Williams, pose in front of their home in Fresno, Calif., Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Police suspect that the man responsible for three shooting deaths in Fresno on Tuesday, April 18, is also responsible for the slaying of Carl Williams, who was shot last week while working as a security guard at a Fresno motel. (AP Photo/Terry Chea) Terry Chea

  • Francine Williams and Randy Hicks, mother and stepfather of slain security guard Carl Williams, sit in front of their home in Fresno, Calif., Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Police suspect that the man responsible for three shooting deaths in Fresno on Tuesday, April 18, is also responsible for Carl Williams death, who was shot last week while working as a security guard at a Fresno motel. (AP Photo/Terry Chea) Terry Chea

  • Reza Nekumanesh, Director of the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno, speaks out against violence at a gathering of faith leaders in response to a shooting that killed 3 people in downtown Fresno, Calif., on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. A man wanted in the slaying of a security guard set out to kill as many white people as he could on Tuesday, gunning down three men on the streets of downtown Fresno before he was captured and admitted to the shootings, authorities said. (Silvia Flores/The Fresno Bee via AP) SILVIA FLORES

  • Rabbi Laura Novak Winer, of Temple Beth Israel, speaks out against violence and asks the people of Fresno to educate themselves about Islam at a gathering of faith leaders in response to a shooting that killed 3 people in downtown Fresno, Calif., on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. A man wanted in the slaying of a security guard set out to kill as many white people as he could on Tuesday, gunning down three men on the streets of downtown Fresno before he was captured and admitted to the shootings, authorities said. (Silvia Flores/The Fresno Bee via AP) SILVIA FLORES



Associated Press
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

FRESNO, Calif. — The black gunman suspected of killing three white men in a racially motivated attack in Fresno was proud of what he had done and laughed many times as he explained his actions in interviews with police, authorities said Wednesday.

After Kori Ali Muhammad learned that he was wanted in the death of a security guard last week, he decided to take out as many other white men as possible before he was caught, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said.

“That’s what he set out to do that day. He said he did not like white men and said white people were responsible for keeping black people down,” Dyer said. Muhammad “is not a terrorist but he is a racist,” Dyer said.

The suspect was candid in explaining his actions from Thursday night to Tuesday morning, when he fired 16 rounds in less than two minutes and killed three white men on the same block, the police chief said.

Meanwhile, family and friends mourned the four men. Francine Williams described her 25-year-old son, Carl Williams, as a kind and giving person who had recently gotten engaged. Williams was a manager at a Toys R’ Us who was at his second job when Muhammad shot and killed him at a Motel 6.

She said Wednesday she was in shock, but also at peace because she had the chance to tell him how much she loved him and how proud she was of him a few days before his death. He told her loved her too. “So, I’m very, very, very grateful that I was able to say goodbye, maybe not at that moment, but prior to that,” she said.

Zackary Randalls was the first to die on Tuesday when Muhammad walked up to a Pacific Gas & Electric truck and fired into the passenger seat. The driver sped to the police department for help, but Randalls could not be saved.

Muhammad also shot Mark Gassett, 37, of Fresno, after he had picked up groceries at a Catholic Charities building. Police said the suspect pumped two more rounds into him as Gassett lay on the ground.

He then shot in the direction of a bus stop where he had spotted three white males, police said. They scattered, and Muhammad picked the older and heavier one, David Jackson, 58, of Fresno. “That was going to be his target, and he caught up with him and he fired two rounds into this individual,” Dyer said.