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Police in Fresno say a black suspect identified as Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, has been taken into custody for allegedly shooting and killing four people after shouting “Allahu akbar” and declaring a hatred of “white people.”

Muhammad had been wanted in connection with the shooting death of a security guard nearby last Thursday, according to police chief Jerry Dyer.

On Tuesday, gunfire erupted at about 10:45 a.m. in Fresno. Within seconds, a second shooting was reported, then a third and fourth.

Police reported the suspect allegedly fired at least 16 shots at four different locations in only a minute.

Fox News reported Dyer said Muhammad expressed hatred of white people and the government, but the police chief also said it wasn’t clear if the shootings were terror-related.

“Certainly by the statement that was made, it could give that indication; however, there was no statement made on Thursday night when he shot the security guard and killed him. There was no comments or no statements made at that time, so I am not certain why he said what he said today,” the chief said.

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Dyer said, as the suspect was taken into custody, he yelled out “Allahu akbar!”

Police recounted the sequence of events. A PG&E truck drove into police headquarters, and the driver reported his passenger had been shot by a gunman who had approached them. Then, Dyer said, the gunman walked over to a resident and opened fire but missed.

Encountering another man, the gunman fired and killed him. Dyer said he then headed toward Catholic Charities in the 100 block of North Fulton Street and opened fire on a man in the parking lot, striking and killing him.

Muhammad then was taken into custody.

Police said all the victims Tuesday were white men.

“Our thoughts are with all involved in the incident that occurred in Fresno today,” PG&E said in a statement. “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.”

The FBI was asked to help with the investigation.

The Los Angeles Times reported Dyer called it a “random act of violence.” But there have been other similar events lately.

Just last summer, there was the case of Omar Mateen, who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and attacked the Pulse night club for homosexuals in Orlando, Florida.

He shot and killed 49 and wounded dozens more. Just weeks ago, his wife, Noor Salman was turned over to U.S. marshals and faces possible charges for allegedly aiding her husband.

Six months earlier, Tashfeen Malik and Syed Farook shot up a government holiday event in San Bernardino, California, killing 14 and injuring 22 more.

A former Department of Homeland Security official says it took him only a few hours to connect the attack in Orlando to the carnage in San Bernardino, and he says the federal government’s active refusal to acknowledge reality is “handcuffing” efforts to keep the American people safe.

Philip Haney served nearly a decade at the Department of Homeland Security after its inception in 2003. His responsibilities there included investigations for Customs and Border Patrol through its National Targeting Center. While there, he played a key role in vetting people connected to Tablighi Jamaat, an Islamic group with some 70 million members.

He is the author of the new book, “See Something, Say Nothing: A Homeland Security Officer Exposes the Government’s Submission to Jihad.”

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“Just because an individual is affiliated with a known terrorist organization, we can’t automatically assume that individual is a terrorist,” Haney said.

“That’s handcuffing. That is making it virtually impossible for basic law enforcement actions to be taken,” he said. “How can you develop a case if you’re trying to go to probable cause when you’re prohibited from making an association between an individual and the organization that he may be affiliated with?”

In addition to the stifling rules, Haney said one hand of government doesn’t know what the other is doing. He said all relevant government entities are supposed to be coordinated by a joint terrorism task force, but the idea works better in concept than in reality.

“The same thing happened with the Boston bombing,” Haney noted. “There was a disconnect in the transfer of information regarding the Tsarnaev brothers prior to that event. Apparently, here was a disconnect here as well.”

 

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