The man accused of a racially motivated shooting rampage in Fresno has been charged with one count of first-degree murder in the killing of a motel security guard days earlier.
When the man learned Tuesday morning that he was the suspect in the motel murder case, Dyer says he chose to murder as many white men as he could in a form of racial retribution.
"Once he saw that 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. Muhammad, who is black, fired 16 rounds in less than two minutes at four places within a block, shooting men who appeared to be going about their day, authorities say.
Then the 6-foot-1-inch, 220-pound Muhammad ran behind the motel and climbed onto the roof of a nearby 7-Eleven, where he hid out that night.
Muhammad told detectives that he is Muslim but hadn't been to mosque in 20 years and prays to numerous gods, Dyer said.
Dyer said it was too early to rule out terrorism and that his department had contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation to investigate, but portrayed the incident as "a random act of violence".
Muhammad said Williams had shown him disrespect while Muhammad was visiting a woman at the motel, according to police.
Francine Williams and Randy Hicks, mother and stepfather of slain security guard Carl Williams, pose in front of their home in Fresno, Calif., Wednesday, April 19, 2017. From there, Dyer said, he watched police investigate his crime scene.
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.
Muhammad shot at another white man who had just walked out of a house, but he missed.
Gassett leaves behind two sons, ages 9 and 13.
Greer said Jackson tripped over a curb in the parking lot, falling down when he was shot. Muhammad also fired at a group of men at a bus stop and chased after one man, who was the heaviest and oldest of the group. They spoke. The man then took the gun from Muhammad and fled.
Police say two of the victims may have been clients of Catholic Charities, which provides a variety of services for refugees, the homeless and those with disabilities. Muhammad said he didn't want police to be forced to shoot him and that he is not a coward.
Muhammad starting running, until he saw a police vehicle, which was there within minutes.
The family said Mark may had fallen on hard times but he was slowly getting back on track.
"Kori Muhammad is not a terrorist, but he is a racist, and he is filled with hate, and he set out this week to kill as many people as he could", Dyer told reporters on Wednesday.