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Killing of three white men in California city racially motivated

Killing of three white men in California city racially motivated

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.

Muhammad is then believed to have walked on through downtown Fresno, shooting at another white person and missing, sparing two women in a auto who were Latina, and then fatally shooting two more white men, aged 37 and 58, all within less than two minutes before he was taken into custody by police.

The fatal shootings of three white men Tuesday morning in downtown Fresno are being investigated as hate crimes, and the suspect, a 39-year-old African American man named Kori Ali Muhammad, was known to friends and family for his vocal hatred of white people, and for possibly being mentally ill.

All three victims in Tuesday's killings were white. A psychiatrist who examined Muhammad believed he had psychosis, Muhammad's attorney said in the court filing.

(CNN) - The Fresno killing spree that left several families fatherless started when the gunman thought a man disrespected him.

Police have said they think race was a factor in Tuesday's shootings, but they haven't discussed a motive in the guard's death.

Phyllis Cervantes, right, says a prayer for Tuesday's shooting victims at a memorial of candles and flowers outside Catholic Charities on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 in Fresno, Calif.

Muhammad was meeting a woman at a Motel 6 Thursday night when he was contacted by security, Dyer said.

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Muhammad starting running, until he saw a police vehicle, which was there within minutes.

On Tuesday morning, he visited a Starbucks and logged onto the Web, where he learned police were seeking him for last week's shooting, Dyer said.

"I did it. I shot them", Dyer said Muhammad told officers.

Muhammad hid out in a ravine after the motel shooting and practiced voodoo rituals after the motel slaying. "Two ran southbound. One of those was an older gentleman, he said he appeared to be heavier and felt that was going to be his target", said Dyer.

Police said Muhammad then walked to Mildreda and Van Ness Avenues and shot at a man walking out of a home. Police said he may have been a client of Catholic Charities.

"What he told our detectives last night was that once he saw he was wanted for murder, he was not going to go down for shooting a security guard for disrespecting him, but that he was going to kill as many white males as possible", Dyer said on Wednesday.

"And that's what he set out to do".

Shortly before 11 a.m., he approached two men sitting in a PG&E truck on a tree-lined street in downtown Fresno. The suspect noticed the driver was Hispanic, and the passenger was white.

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Levin said Muhammad's frequent use of "white devils" is similar to the Nation of Islam, a group slammed a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Zackary Randalls, a 34-year-old father of two young children, was killed.

A memorial of candles and flowers honors victims of Tuesday's shooting outside Catholic Charities Wednesday, April 19, 2017 in Fresno, Calif. Mark Gassett, 37, of Fresno, had just picked up groceries at a Catholic Charities building when he was gunned down. After the victim fell to the ground on his back, "Kori Muhammad then stood over him and fired two more rounds into him while he was lying on the ground". He then fired two shots at but missed another white male. Police arrested Kori Ali Muhammad, who is black, saying he singled out white victims and killed them at random.

David Jackson, 58, died at the scene.

Muhammad had run afoul of Fresno police before.

Muhammad replied that he respected Fresno police officers and did not want to force them to shoot him or put them in the spotlight. "At the same time, he said he was not a coward".

Muhammad walked a couple of blocks and came upon a white man whose identity hasn't been made public.

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