All three were randomly shot dead by a black gunman, Kori Ali Muhammad, who wanted to kill as many white people as possible and was proud of what he had done, laughing as he explained his actions in interviews with police, authorities said Wednesday.
Muhammad told investigators he killed Williams because he felt "disrespected" by him during an altercation at the motel.
Muhammad took investigators to the shooting scenes and gave accounts "very consistent" with evidence authorities had gathered, Dyer said. Muhammad has posted on social media a dislike for white people and government officials, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said.
Another victim, a 37-year-old man, had just picked up a bag of groceries Tuesday at a Catholic Charities building when he was gunned down.
"As he spoke about the shooting and shooting individuals, he did so in a very callous manner", Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said. Dyer said he dropped two necklaces he had been holding that he said were charms to ward off evil and gave himself up to police.
Police said Muhammad then walked to Mildreda and Van Ness Avenues and shot at a man walking out of a home.
The suspect showed no remorse while detailing his whereabouts and laughed many times, Dyer said. The suspect also said that he had been practicing voodoo rituals and is not a terrorist or affiliated with any terror groups.
"Kori Muhammad is not a terrorist, but he is a racist, and he's filled with hate", Dyer said.
"I did it. I shot them", Muhammad told officers as they arrested him, according to the chief.
Francine Williams said Wednesday that she was in shock but also at peace because she got to tell her son how much she loved him and how proud he made her a few days before his death.
The men fled, and the gunman chased one of them - eventually catching up at the parking lot of Catholic Charities.
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 freakish beliefs". Terrorism has been ruled out, an initial suspicion as the suspect shouted, "Allahu akbar". The guard, 25-year-old Carl Williams, was white. The fanatic black nationalist told investigators he wanted to slaughter as many whites as he could.
The three men killed Tuesday happened to be on the same block at the same time, but had no known connection to each other or to the shooter, who told police about his goal of killing white people after he was arrested. He told her loved her too.
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Dyer says in both of the final two murders Muhammad stood over the men firing shots directly into their bodies.
Dyer said Muhammad approached a vehicle in between shootings, but he spared the lives of two Latina women who were in the auto with a child.
Muhammad starting running, until he saw a police auto, which was there within minutes.
Police were searching for the revolver Muhammad said he tossed into a pile of clothing.
Steve E. Wright, assistant district attorney for Fresno County, says the case against Kori Ali Muhammad will likely be submitted to his office Thursday. - Sunday Muhammad walked west to and area where he cut off his braids, burned them, then slept in that area until Tuesday.
Randalls was in a training program for Pacific Gas & Electric and doing a ride-along Tuesday when he was gunned down. A psychiatrist who examined Muhammad believed he had psychosis, Muhammad's attorney said in the court filing. Zackary Randalls, 34, died.
Muslim and other faith leaders held a vigil late Tuesday near the scene where three people were killed in a shooting rampage in downtown Fresno.
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. "He's not going to kill anyone else".
Prosecutors say the suspect in a racially motivated shooting rampage in Fresno could be arraigned on murder charges by the end of the week.
He also said Randalls wouldn't want any animosity to stem from his death.
The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/2pPLuMr ) that Muhammad's father, Vincent Taylor, says his son believed that he was part of that ongoing racial war and that "a battle was about to take place". He told police he noticed the driver was Latino and the passenger was white so he shot four rounds into the passenger side.
He told detectives he murdered security guard Carl Williams outside a Motel 6 last week because the minimum-wage earner "disrespected him".