Kori Ali Muhammad, born Kori Taylor, stalked central Fresno streets, shooting dead three white men. He used a 357 revolver to do so. Kori, prior to surrendering to the police, allegedly shouted the Islamic term for “God is Great” and did not hold back in expressing hatred towards the government and white people. Local law enforcement did not believe that the incident could be linked to terrorism. At present, the event is being investigated as a kind of hate crime.
The attack started in North Van Ness Avenue's 300 block around 10:45 am. A second burst of ammunition fire was heard soon after, followed by a third and then a fourth. A total of 16 rounds got fired over a spread of four locations.
According to Jerry Dyer, the Police Chief of Fresno, that this is a hate crime can be determined as the killer has only targeted white people, and only white males in this instance. He reiterated that it is thus a hate crime. The police chief said that investigators believe he acted on his own. They called him a person who is filled with anger and hate.
The crime itself lasted a little over a minute. Kori fired a total of 16 bullets. Dyer said that he totally surrendered to responding officers and even apologized for his actions. Police said, in addition to the April 18 killings, Kori is also a suspect in an incident where a security guard was fatally shot. The guard was also white.
After the initial shots were fired, Chief Dyer said that a PG&E truck driver arrived at the police headquarters of the city to report that a gunman shot a passenger. The gunman approached the vehicle on foot. Kori, after mortally shooting the passenger in the truck, walked on the East Mildreda Avenue towards west. He soon came across a white resident and opened fire. The bullets missed their target. He continued to walk along Mildreda and soon approached Fulton Street. He then fatally shot another person before he reloaded the weapon. He then proceeded towards the Catholic Charities in North Fulton Street and opened fire, killing another white man. A police officer then spotted him. He was thrown to the ground and arrested.
Vincent Taylor, Kori's father told the media that his son held the belief that he was a participant in the continuing war between blacks and whites. His son also believed that a battle is soon going to happen.