Home / News / California shooting leaves three dead as gunman opens fire in downtown Fresno

California shooting leaves three dead as gunman opens fire in downtown Fresno

Suspect Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, is now reported to be in police custody and has been linked to another killing on Sunday

THREE people are reported to have died after a mass shooting in California.

Local media reports claim a gunman opened fire before reloading his large handgun and continuing to randomly spray bullets in the city of Fresno.

A body can be seen under a blanket after a mass shooting in California

A 39-year-old suspect is now reported to be in custody, according to the Fresno Bee.

The shooting is said to have occurred outside the offices of the Catholic Charities social service agency.

Police Chief Jerry Dyer told the news site two of the victims may have been clients of the agency, while a third was an employee of a gas and electric company.

Witnesses claimed the gunman sprayed rounds while reloading and swearing.

One man was reportedly shot to death at the scene, while a second is said to have died after being ruched to a local medical centre.

The suspect, named as Kori Ali Muhammad, walked down the road, firing 16 rounds at random people and vehicles, ABC7 reports.

Kori Ali Muhammad was named as the suspect arrested by police

Muhammad is suspected of fatally shooting a security guard at a motel in the same city on Sunday.

And Dyer said he was found in possession of the same kind of ammunition when he was arrested, although the weapon is yet to be recovered.

He said it was “still too early” to know what the motivation for the shootings was.

Muhammad reportedly told cops he hated white people

But he revealed the alleged shooter told cops he hated white people, according to AP.

All three of the victims were white males.

Dyer also revealed Muhammad shouted “Allahu Akbar” before the killing, the news agency reported.

The chief told the Fresno Bee: “What we know is that this was a random act of violence.

“There is every reason to believe he acted alone.”

Officials are working to identify the victims.