April 23rd, 2017

Suspect in Fresno killings shouts out in first court hearing


By Scott Smith, The Associated Press on April 21, 2017.

FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2008 file photo, engineer Stephan Noetzel alerts a police officer to gunshots using ShotSpotter, strategically placed acoustic sensors designed to help police track gunfire in East Palo Alto, Calif. A gunman on the loose in downtown Fresno was intent on killing as many white people as he could, taking down three people in just a few minutes Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Police Chief Jerry Dyer credits the technology that detects the sound of gunshots with allowing police to apprehend the gunman Kori Ali Muhammad just 4 minutes after his shooting rampage began, limiting the carnage to four people in all. (AP Photo/Mathew Sumner, File)

FRESNO, Calif. – The suspect in this week’s racially motivated shooting rampage in Fresno entered a courtroom early Friday shouting that natural disasters striking America will increase.

Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, then shouted twice during a minute-long hearing: “Let black people go in reparations.”

He was charged Thursday with killing unarmed security guard Carl Williams at a Motel 6 a week earlier.

Authorities say Williams was the first of four killings by Muhammad. 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 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. Police, with help from acoustic sensors posted in the area, arrested him less than five minutes after the rampage began.

Fresno County Superior Court Judge W. Kent Hamlin assigned a doctor to examine Muhammad. He set bail at $2.6 million.

He’s due to return for arraignment on May 12.

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

Prosecutors say Muhammad will face murder charges for all four men, but they’re waiting for investigators to assemble their case before filing the other three.


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