Accused gunman in Fresno shooting spree charged in motel murder

Posted April 22, 2017

Hate crime enhancements will be applied to the three Tuesday murders, as Muhammad targeted his victims for their race and gender, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer told reporters Wednesday. The driver wasn't hit and sped toward the police department, but his partner couldn't be saved. They know the next chapter of this tragic experience will be heading to court to see the man accused of killing Gassett and three others.

Stephen Hughes, 66, said he and his wife rushed home Tuesday after receiving a frantic call from a neighbor to find a body draped in a blanket on the sidewalk leading to his front door. Another was carrying a bag of groceries after stopping at a charity center.

A spokeswoman for the Fresno County District Attorney's Office said Muhammad would be charged in connection with the fatal gun spree after police investigators submit final reports in the case.

Gassett leaves behind two children.

The men fled, and the gunman chased one of them - eventually catching up at the parking lot of Catholic Charities.

Authorities have said he then killed three more people in the rampage, targeting white victims, before he was caught.

Muhammad fired 17 rounds in less than two minutes, police said.

Muhammad was arrested shortly after the rampage.

Jackson said "it's a trick of the left" to claim that Muhammad's crime couldn't be both religious and racist in nature. VIDEO: Fresno police update on shooting "We have video evidence, which we will be analyzing, to get a detailed description of who this individual is", Dyer said. "And that is what he set out to do that day", Dyer says.

A Facebook profile page for a Kori Ali Muhammad from Fresno paid homage to black pride and black nationalism, with images of the red, green and black Pan-African flag and a raised fist.

Muhammad told police he did not like white people because they are responsible for oppressing Black people and that African Americans and Latinos needed to have their own land with their own laws.

Muhammad has a criminal history that includes arrests on weapons, drugs and false imprisonment charges and making terrorist threats.

On Tuesday, police said, he acted on that hatred.

In 2005, Muhammad was indicted by a grand jury on cocaine and firearm possession, but was deemed mentally unfit to stand trial.

He claimed insanity after being charged with possessing cocaine with intent to distribute in 2005, and his attorney requested a psychiatric examination, saying Muhammad "appeared eccentric with some weird beliefs". He suffered "auditory hallucinations and had at least two prior mental health hospitalizations", according to court documents. His father says his birth name is Cory Taylor. Muhammad replied that he respected Fresno police officers and did not want to force them to shoot him or put them in the spotlight. A woman who identified herself as Taylor's grandmother said Tuesday that the family last saw him on Easter Sunday.