This undated photo provided by the Fresno Police Department shows Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, who was arrested shortly after a shooting rampage outside a Catholic Charities building, in Fresno, Calif., April 18, 2017.
Dyer confirmed that Muhammad yelled "Allahu Akbar" ("God is great" in Arabic) as he was being loaded into a police vehicle Tuesday, but he said the suspect told investigators that he hadn't attended a mosque in at least 25 years and was a practitioner of voodoo who prays to seven gods, primarily Aguna. He re-iterated that Muhammad says he was motivated by a hatred of white men and not religion.
"Just the thoughtful prayers and everything mean the world to us", said Lisa Gassett the mother of Mark's children.
When he learned he was wanted in the security guard killing, Muhammad chose to take out as many other white men as possible before he was caught, Dyer said.
As Williams lay mortally wounded, Muhammad ran to a nearby 7-Eleven and climbed on top of the roof.
The.357-caliber revolver Muhammad allegedly used on Tuesday was still missing on Wednesday afternoon, police said.
The Fresno County coroner's office says 34-year-old Zackary David Randalls of Clovis, a utility worker, died at a hospital.
Muhammad was meeting a woman at a Motel 6 Thursday night when he was contacted by security, Dyer said.
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Police Chief Jerry Dyer also told reporters Wednesday that it's "very rare" for a homicide suspect to cooperate with investigators in recounting the killings. "We believe it is a hate crime, definitely a hate crime". He tried to flee from the assailant, who eventually caught up with him in the parking lot of the local Catholic Charities. They say this shooting spree may have been triggered after they released his name as the wanted suspect in the death of security guard Carl Williams.
After the shots were heard, Dyer said the driver of a Pacific Gas & Electric truck arrived at the city's police headquarters to report that a passenger had been shot by a gunman who had approached them on foot. The 25-year-old was shot and killed while responding to an incident at the motel Muhammad was visiting.
Muhammad was arrested shortly after the deadly rampage. He shot and the men scattered.
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.
Prosecutors say Muhammad will face murder charges for all four men, but they're waiting for investigators assemble their case before filing the other three.
Muhammad is due in court Friday.
Wearing amulets and charms to protect himself from evil, Muhammad went to a Starbucks, where he was able to get Wi-Fi, and he quickly learned that he had been identified as the suspect in Williams' death, Dyer said.
Dyer says Muhammad claims he did so out of respect for the officer and to show the courage of conviction for his alleged crimes and the reasoning behind them. The gunman who killed 13 people in a terror attack at Fort Hood, Texas, screamed "Allahu akbar" as he opened fire in 2009, and the phrase is often tweeted by social media accounts sympathetic to Islamic State and other terror groups.