Friday, October 20, 2017

California gunman to appear in court on murder count

Pastor Tim Rolen, left, of New Hope Community Church in Clovis, kneels to pray with other church leaders at the site where Mark Gassett was shot and killed in Tuesday's triple-homicide, during a prayer walk in Fresno, Calif., on Thursday, April 20, 2017. (Craig Kohlruss/The Fresno Bee via AP)

AP LogoFRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The suspect in this week’s Fresno, California, mass shooting is scheduled to appear in court Friday to face arraignment for a first-degree murder charge in a killing five days earlier.

Kori Ali Muhammad was charged Thursday with killing unarmed security guard Carl Williams at a Motel 6 in Fresno a week earlier.

Williams was the first of four killings by Muhammad, authorities said.

Muhammad said Williams had shown him disrespect while Muhammad was visiting a woman at the motel, according to police.

This undated photo provided by the Fresno Police Department shows Kori Ali Muhammad a suspect in the Fresno, Calif., shooting on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. (Fresno Police Department via AP)
This undated photo provided by the
Fresno Police Department shows Kori Ali
Muhammad a suspect in the Fresno,
Calif., shooting on Tuesday, April 18,
2017. (Fresno Police Department via AP)

Police say he told them that learning he was wanted for the Williams killing spurred him to try to kill as many white people as possible before he was caught.

He shot three other white men at random on Tuesday, police said, including a Pacific Gas & Electric worker sitting in a truck and two men who had come out of a Catholic Charities building. He fired 17 rounds in less than two minutes and police, with help from acoustic sensors posted in the area, arrested him less than five minutes after the rampage began.

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.


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