Black Man Responsible for Racially Motivated Shooting Spree Gets Life in Prison
A man who was convicted of murdering four white men in 2017 in a race-related killing spree in Fresno was sentenced on June 5, 2020 to a life sentence in prison without parole, according to prosecutors.
Kori Ali Muhammad’s sentence came three years after he said he was getting tired with racism towards blacks and shot several people, which resulted in the deaths of four white males.
A Fresno County jury convicted him of first-degree murder, second-degree, attempted murder, and other crimes in April.
Muhammad previously withdrew a not guilty plea, and prosecutors announced that they wouldn’t pursue the death penalty.
In a confession that was recorded to investigators that was played during his trial, Muhammad revealed that he shot Motel 6 security guard Carl Williams III and attempted to kill another guard on April 13 due to him feeling disrespected when he visited a friend.
According to security camera footage, Muhammad approached Williams from behind and shot him.
“It starts taking its toll on you, and you get fed up with the racism,” Muhammad declared. “You get tired of letting things slide.”
As he was being pursued by law enforcement after the shooting, Muhammad found out that he was wanted for Williams’ death. In the recording, Muhammad declared that if he was “going down for murder” the best thing was to “kill as many white men” as possible.
On April 18, 2017, Muhammad went downtown Fresno shooting at white men, according to his account of events. He surrendered to law enforcement after his shooting spree. At one point of this encounter, he fired nearly 20 shots in less than a minute, authorities reported.
Zachary Randalls was another victim who was shot in a Pacific Gas & Electric truck.
“When I walked up to the truck, I saw a Mexican driver and a white guy,” Muhammad stated “I didn’t want to target the driver because he was Mexican so I shot the white dude.”
Muhammad was also convicted of killing Mark Gassett and David Jackson and attempting to shoot three other men.
KTLA broke down the specific convictions that Muhammad received:
Muhammad was convicted of first-degree murder for Jackson’s slaying; second-degree murder for Williams, Randalls and Gassett; four counts of attempted murder; one count of shooting at an occupied vehicle; and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Gun owners in red states should be thankful that they live in jurisdictions where they can exercise their right to self-defense and not have to worry about criminals roaming with reckless abandon and preying on the innocent without usually having to face the consequences.