Police said the man who killed three people on a shooting spree in downtown Fresno, Calif., on Tuesday while shouting “Allahu Akbar” wanted to kill as many white people as possible.
Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, knew he was being searched for and he “decided he was going to kill more people,” Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said.
During his arrest, Muhammad shouted “Allahu Akbar,” but Dyer said the shootings had “nothing to do with terrorism in spite of the statement he made.”
“This is solely based on race,” Dyer told reporters.
FBI officials told Fox News the agency is not treating the shooting as an incident of terror, but is sending agents to the scene at request of local police.
Fresno Mayor Lee Brand said it was “a sad day for us all” in a statement to FOX 26.
Muhammad first walked up to a utility truck and shot a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. employee sitting in the passenger seat. The driver of the truck, who is Latino, sped off to the police department for help, but the worker, a 34-year-old white man, died.
Muhammad then shot at another person and missed, police said. He aimed at a third, killing the 37-year-old on the sidewalk as he walked with a bag of groceries. The final victim, 58, was gunned down in the parking lot of a charity building,