Suspect in Fresno Killings Shouts Out in First Court Hearing | NBC Bay Area

Suspect in Fresno Killings Shouts Out in First Court Hearing

A judge assigned a doctor to examine Kori Ali Muhammad and set bail at $2.6 million

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    After the rampage, Kori Ali Muhmmad allegedly shouted "God is great" in Arabic while being detained. But Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said the shooting does not appear to be connected to terrorism. "This is solely based on race," Dyer said.

    (Published Tuesday, April 18, 2017)

    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.

    Fresno Man Shoots And Kills Three People

    [NATL] Fresno Man Shoots And Kills Three People

    A man who police are identifying as Kori Muhammad shot and killed three people on the streets of downtown Fresno on April 18, shouting "God is great" in Arabic during at least one of the slayings and later telling police that he hates white people.

    (Published Wednesday, April 19, 2017)

    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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