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Dyer: Shooter Not a Terrorist, But He is a Racist



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Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer delivered a news conference on Wednesday, one day after Kori Ali Muhammad allegedly shot and killed three men in downtown Fresno. Muhammad is also accused of killing a Motel 6 security guard last week. Dyer started by displaying pictures of the four victims, Carl Williams, Zackary Randalls, Mark Gassett and David Martin Jackson.

Dyer continued with a detailed timeline from Thursday to Tuesday’s shootings. It started Thursday, where Muhammad’s female companion was in a verbal altercation with Williams, a security guard at the Motel 6. Muhammad felt disrespected and shot him, according to Dyer. He then hid all night on the roof of a nearby convenience store until police cleared the investigation the next morning. He then hid near a dumpster at a school.

Muhammad spent the weekend hiding in a ravine, altering his appearance by cutting his braids and shaving. He re-emerged Tuesday morning at a Starbucks. That is when he noticed the report of his name associated with the Motel 6 murder on the local TV news. That is when he came to downtown and fired shots, looking to kill white men.

“Kori Muhammad is not a terrorist. But he is a racist,” Dyer said.

Police are still looking for the weapon. According to Dyer, Muhammad ran out of bullets and placed the gun in a pile of clothes on the ground. He had a conversation with a man carrying a box of food. That man then grabbed the clothes and the gun and left the area. He allegedly emptied the shell casings in a nearby home. Police have yet to recover the gun nor identify the man. Dyer pleaded with him to turn himself in.


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Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email