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Man held for shooting spree in California

22 April, 2017, 00:27 | Author: Lorena Waters

The warrant makes it clear the evidence against Muhammad in the motel killing is obvious, and according to police Muhammad has freely confessed to all four killings.

One victim, a 34-year-old father of two preschoolers, was on the job when he was shot Tuesday in the passenger seat of a Pacific Gas & Electric utility truck.

The third victim, a 59-year-old man, was gunned down in the parking of the Catholic Charities building.

The show of support for Gassett's family and two young sons he leaves behind proved to be a light during a time of darkness in Fresno's history.

"These were unprovoked attacks by an individual that was intent on carrying out homicides today".

Muhammad is alleged to have shot and killed unarmed security guard Carl Williams and attempted to shoot a second security guard at the Motel 6.

Muhammad is also suspected in the fatal shooting of a white security guard on April 13.

"I did it. I shot them", Muhammad told officers as they arrested him, according to the chief.

Brian Levin, director of Cal State San Bernardino's Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, said Muhammad's social media postings include numerous references to terms used by the Nation of Islam, which has been labeled a racist hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

"If in fact he's lashing out at white people - white males in this case - that would constitute a hate crime", Dyer said. The gun may have been picked up by someone else, Dyer said.

Muhammad faces a maximum of life in prison if convicted of the two charges filed against him on Thursday. Hughes came home to see a body draped in a blanket on the sidewalk leading to his front door.

Muhammad appears to be an African American man. As for a motive, police said it had something to do with his longstanding hatred. He was expected to be charged with four counts of murder and arraigned Friday. "There was no comments or no statements made at that time, so I am not certain why he said what he said today".

"Just the thoughtful prayers and everything mean the world to us", said Lisa Gassett the mother of Mark's children.

Public records list Muhammad as Cory Taylor and other aliases with addresses in Fresno and Sacramento.

Police say Muhammad gave rare and unusual details about his movements and the killings over several hours of questioning following his arrest, even returning with officers to the crimes scenes and demonstrating his actions. Cell phones and a computer tablet linked to her and Muhammad were found in the motel room.

"I never would have thought he would do anything like this", sad Muhammad's brother, who asked not to be identified by name. I just believe that he was OK with what he had done.

He described his brother as a amusing and intelligent man. Vickie Farr places a candle for Tuesday's shooting victims at a memorial of candles and flowers outside Catholic Charities on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 in Fresno, Calif.



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