Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer says 39-year-old Kori Ali Muhammad, who is black, told investigators he chose to kill white people after police on Tuesday publicly identified him as a suspect in last week's slaying of a Motel 6 security guard.
"Immediately upon the individual seeing the officer he literally dove onto the ground and was taken into custody and as he was taken into custody he yelled out 'Allahu Akhbar, '" said Police Chief Jerry Dyer.
A 34-year-old PG&E truck passenger and two other men - a 37-year-old and a 58-year-old - in downtown Fresno, were shot, Dyer said. The victim's co-worker drove him to police headquarters, but Randalls died. At least two of his victims were white.
His body was draped in a blanket on the sidewalk leading to Stephen Hughes' home. "What I do know is this is an absolute tragedy that nobody will probably be able to make sense of because it stems from an individual who is filled with hate - filled with anger - who set out to shoot some individuals in our city today for no reason whatsoever other than what we believe to be (his own) hate".
The third victim, a 59-year-old man, was gunned down in the parking of the Catholic Charities building.
Muhammad was arrested without incident.
Authorities say the man suspected of killing three white men in a racially charged attack in Fresno told police he was "not going to go down for shooting a security guard".
The suspect was wanted for the murder of a motel security guard who was unarmed when he was killed on Thursday.
He now faces four counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder.
On Tuesday morning, he visited a Starbucks and logged onto the Web, where he learned police were seeking him for last week's shooting, Dyer said.
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Speaking during a Press Conference, Dyer said he did not believe the murders were related to terrorism, adding that the shootings were "solely based on race".
'This is exclusively based on race'.
The suspect told his family there was a war going on between blacks and whites in America.
When Muhammad later saw a police vehicle, he surrendered.
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"On what appeared to be Muhammad's Facebook page, he repeatedly posted "#LetBlackPeopleGo" and encouraged "black warriors" to "mount up". A flurry of posts emerged in the past day.
Muhammad has a criminal history that includes arrests on weapons, drugs and false imprisonment charges and making terrorist threats.
Muhammad was charged in 2005 with possessing cocaine with intent to distribute, court records show.
He claimed insanity, and his attorney requested a psychiatric examination for his client, saying Muhammad "appeared eccentric with some freakish beliefs". He also said he'd had "at least two prior mental health hospitalizations".
The attorney who represented Muhammad in that case did not return a call for comment Tuesday.
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