Fresno Police have arrested 39-year-old Kori Ali Muhammad in connection with the murder of three people on Tuesday. Muhammad allegedly shot and killed three people on Tuesday morning in downtown Fresno.
According to police, the suspect shouted "Allahu Akbar" as he committed the heinous crimes. The suspect's words may give us an early glimpse into just what Muhammad's motives may have been.
.@KSEE24 Police chief: "Too early to say" if Fresno shooting spree "involves terrorism," but suspect yelling "Allahu akbar" gives that indication.— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) April 18, 2017
However, despite local reports and police reporting the suspect said Allahu Akbar, the Associated Press decided to report the information in a curious fashion:
The AP also reported:
Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer says the suspect in a shooting that killed three people in downtown Fresno shouted "God is great" in Arabic and had posted on social media that he dislikes white people.
Of course, shouts of "Allahu Akbar" are common amongst individuals carrying out Islamic terror attacks. The Associated Press chose to run with an English translation, a decision that could be seen as obscuring the nature of the attack.
The Associated Press has deleted the original tweet in which they claimed the suspect shouted "God is great" before committing the killings.
We deleted a tweet about a Fresno slaying suspect shouting "God is great." It failed to note he said it in Arabic. A new tweet is upcoming.— The Associated Press (@AP) April 19, 2017