3 people killed in downtown Fresno shooting
FRESNO, Calif. (Fox26) —
UPDATE: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 11:30 a.m.
The Fresno County Sheriff – Coroner’s Office has released the names of the three victims involved in Tuesday’s shooting in Fresno.
- Zackary David Randalls, 34 years old, of Clovis. He is the PG&E worker who died at the hospital.
- Mark James Gassett, 37 years old, of Fresno. He died on scene. His family has provided a photo that they wish you to use; it is attached.
- David Martin Jackson, 58 years old, of Fresno. He was shot outside the Catholic Charities office and died at the hospital.
UPDATE: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 6:00 p.m. Fresno Police held a news conference Tuesday providing an update on the shooting in Downtown Fresno.
ORIGINAL STORY: Three people were killed in downtown Fresno Tuesday morning.
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Police say officers have taken 39-year-old Kori Ali Muhammad into custody, in connection with the shootings.
Police Chief Jerry Dyer said Muhammad also goes by the nickname "Black Jesus" and yelled "Allahu Akbar" when he was arrested.
Fresno Police say 16 shots were fired starting at 10:45 a.m.
One person was shot in a PG&E truck, a second person was shot on Fulton Street and a third person was shot in the parking lot of Catholic Charities.
Chief Dyer said the person in the PG&E truck was the passenger and the driver was not injured.
Police Chief Jerry Dyer said all the people Muhammmad shot were white men.
Police say Muhammad was wanted in connection to the killing of an unarmed security guard at a Motel 6 last week. Police Chief Jerry Dyer said Muhammad has made posts against white people and the government on his Facebook page. Police said they believe he acted alone.
Fulton, Van Ness and Divisadero Streets are blocked off. They will be closed for most of the day for the investigation.
Fresno Mayor Lee Brand issued the following statement Tuesday afternoon:
This is a sad day for us all. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims. None of us can imagine what they must be going through. I am grateful for the quick and decisive response of our Police Department in preventing further senseless violence.
If there were ways to prevent tragedies like this in the future, I would not hesitate in using them. Again, my heart goes out to the families that lost loved ones today.
PG&E issued the following statement:
Our thoughts are with all involved in the incident that occurred in Fresno today. Public and employee safety is always our top priority. We are still gathering information on what happened, and will work to support first responders and law enforcement in their efforts.