A Fresno multiple murder suspect identified as Kori Ali Muhammad reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar” as he was tackled by police after fatally shooting three people with a revolver, according to Fox News and other news agencies.
This is the second time in less than one month that a high-profile California shooting has been committed by a shooter armed with a .357 Magnum revolver and speed loaders. The first was in San Bernardino more than a week earlier. Some people are wondering how long it will take before anti-gunners focus on revolvers and speed loader devices, which enable people to rapidly reload a double-action revolver, often referred to as a “wheel gun” by shooters.
According to the Fresno Bee, Muhammad is also the suspect in the April 13 slaying of a security guard at a Motel 6 in that city. The newspaper said the killer allegedly walked up to a PG&E truck, shot an occupant several times, and seconds later fatally shot another man on a nearby street.
The suspect then reloaded at a bus stop before killing a third man in the parking lot of a Catholic charity agency.
Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer also told reporters that the suspect had apparently “expressed dislike of whites,” but then asserted that the Tuesday attack was a “random act of violence.”
But was it, really? if the suspect was targeting white people, wouldn’t that qualify as a “hate crime?” If he was yelling “Allahu Akbar,” doesn’t that at least hint at a terrorism motive?
Chief Dyer said the FBI had been notified.
Muhammad is 39 years old and has gone by the nickname “Black Jesus.” He reportedly has a criminal record that would disqualify him from owning or possessing a firearm of any kind. Muhammad reportedly served time in federal custody.
When he was taken into custody, according to the Fresno Bee, police found ammunition for a .357 Magnum and speed loaders, but they did not immediately recover a gun. He reportedly was able to fire 16 rounds in one minute, so he had to reload the revolver.
Some conservative media were making an issue of the assertion that Muhammad was shouting “Allahu Akbar,” and also criticizing other news agencies for not using those two words, instead reporting that he had shouted “God is Great” in Arabic.