He had been associated with gangs, but he was not a confirmed member, police said. Vickie Farr places a candle for Tuesday's shooting victims at a memorial of candles and flowers outside Catholic Charities on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 in Fresno, Calif.
Police Chief Jerry Dyer also told reporters Wednesday that it's "very rare" for a homicide suspect to cooperate with investigators in recounting the killings.
All three shooting locations were situated near other in Fresno's downtown area.
The man suspected of killing three people in downtown Fresno had a long record of criminal charges in Sacramento. Another was carrying a bag of groceries after stopping at a charity center.
"That's what he set out to do that day".
Fresno police chief Jerry Dyer said Muhammad had also approached a auto between the shootings, but he did not open fire on the two woman and child inside, who were Latino. The three men killed Tuesday ha.
Zackary Randalls was the first to die on Tuesday when Muhammad walked up to a Pacific Gas & Electric truck and fired into the passenger seat.
Friend Eddie Valencia said Randalls was excited to start work as a customer-service representative and was doing a ride-along Tuesday. He described the father of two preschoolers as an open-minded person with a sharp wit and big heart.
Valencia called Randalls "one of the wittiest people he's ever known", saying the two loved to laugh. "There were no boundaries with race, religions, beliefs, with anything". "He was a good hearted person, very caring, very loving". Police said he fired twice at that victim.
Gassett's ex-wife Lisa Gassett told The Fresno Bee that he had faced hard times but had been working to improve his life.
"He would give his shirt off his back for anybody", she told the newspaper. "That is the kind of guy he was".
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The police chief says it doesn't appear the suspect who fatally shot three people is connected to terrorism despite the statement that he made. They scattered, and Muhammad picked the one who was older and appeared heavier, David Jackson, 58, of Fresno.
Greer says Jackson was a military veteran. Greer was able to get away.
Dyer also said in his press briefing that Muhammad told officers while he was being arrested that he was the man they were looking for.
Muhammad was arrested shortly after the rampage. He also faces at least two additional charges of assault with a deadly weapon.
The man accused of murdering four white men in Fresno-three of them in a Tuesday morning shooting spree-repeatedly referred to "white devils" in online postings.
Francine Williams and Randy Hicks, mother and stepfather of slain security guard Carl Williams, pose in front of their home in Fresno, Calif., Wednesday, April 19, 2017.
Muhammad shot the guard, 25-year-old Carl Williams, multiple times at close range shortly after 11 p.m., police said. He told her he loved her, too.
Vincent said: "I'm happy he was arrested".
Muhammad's social media posts frequently expressed a dislike of white people as well as the government. He told his family there was a war going on between blacks and whites in America.
Online Superior Court records show Muhammad was charged with more than a dozen felonies and misdemeanors between 1997 and 2004 using several aliases. His attorney said that Muhammad had "paranoia" and thought the justice system and his defense attorney were conspiring against him, court papers said.
Dyer said Muhammad, who went by the nickname Black Jesus, began the series of shootings in the central California city last Thursday when he had a confrontation with a security guard at a motel.