A shooting spree took place in downtown Fresno, California this afternoon resulting in the deaths of at least three people. The suspect, identified as thirty nine year old Kori Ali Muhammad, who also goes by the nickname of “Black Jesus”.
The suspect is said to have made racist posts in the past and all of the victims are said to have been white males.
According to local media reports:
Dyer said at a news conference Muhammad has made posts against white people and the government on his Facebook page, and that all the people he shot were white men.
The shooting spree began around 10:45 a.m. local time, when one person was shot in a PG&E utility truck, a second person was shot on Fulton Street and a third person was shot in the parking lot of Catholic Charities, FOX 26 News reported.
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All three shooting locations were close to each other. Around 16 shots were fired during the shooting spree, police said.
Muhammad was already under investigation for the murder of a security guard at an area Motel 6 in the last week.
In total, 16 shots were fired during the shooting spree.
One of the victims of the shooting was in a PG&E truck. PG&E issued the following statement in regards to the shooting:
Our hearts are very heavy today, as we have lost a member of our PG&E family. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of our employee, and all those impacted by this tragic event.
Public and employee safety is always our top priority. While we focus on safety every day, no training or protective equipment can prepare one for events outside of one’s control.
We are cooperating with law enforcement authorities as they investigate the incident.
This loss is particularly difficult for our employees who live and work in the Fresno area. We are sending additional resources to support our employees in the Central Valley.
Here is a video report from a local Fox affiliate:
And another video posted by local news reporter Liz Gonzalez who interviewed a witness who nearly came face to face with the suspect: