Three people have been confirmed dead and a number of others injured, in breaking news out of California today. A Muslim man was on the loose in Fresno committing random acts of terrorism, that resulted in these fatalities this morning, and now police have an urgent warning for all Americans at the conclusion of their investigation, confirming our worst nightmare.
A pair of PG&E electric company employees were sitting in their work truck this morning at about 10:45 a.m. when a Muslim man opened the car door and shot the passenger at random, ABC 7 reports. The driver took off to get his coworker immediate assistance while the shooter got away who went on to commit more jihad, having fired 16 shots within a minute, accounting for three total deaths today and one he’s believed to be involved in from an attack last week.
Allegedly acting on behalf of his Islamic beliefs, investigators said 39-year-old Kori Ali Muhammad picked his white victims at random, stating that he simply hates the race. All victims were white males unknown to Muhammad, who happened to cross is path when he decided to go on a rampage. Muhammad is also known to have spread anti-white rhetoric online, as seen in this tweet shared by Jack Posobiec:
“Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said the victims were shot minutes apart in close proximity in areas around downtown. He said Muhammad made other statements to police but he did not disclose them,” the Daily Mail reports. Muhammad was apprehended for the slayings and upon arrest shouted the famous last words to prove this was a deliberate act of terrorism, saying, “Allahu Akbar.”
As word of the shooting got out and in fear of more lone-wolf style attacks like this, “Fresno city spokesman Mark Standriff said county offices were placed on lockdown, and people were urged to shelter in place,” according to Mail Online.
Muhammad killed three today but is was also wanted in connection with a similar style slaying at a Motel 6 last week. “Muhammad, who police said has a prior criminal history, had previously posted to Facebook that he didn’t like white people and expressed several anti-government sentiments,” Fresno Police Chief Jerry told ABC News.
Although the Muslim man’s gun has yet to be recovered, police say that they found .357 ammunition on him that had been using in these random attacks as well as the shooting death at the area Motel 6. His victims’ identities have not been released yet, one of which succumbed to his injuries in his work vehicle driven by his co-worker who was trying to get him help.
Although police are saying that it’s “still too early” to officially rule this an act of terrorism, they urge people to be on their guard and aware of their surroundings at all times. However, what this incident seems to show is that terrorism is among us, in our communities, and could strike at any time. We must stop ignoring this very real and present threat and start being proactive about it. It doesn’t take a terrorist driving his car full of explosives into a crowd to call this terrorism – as three people learned today when going about their regular routines.