The Associated Press has deleted a report claiming alleged Fresno killer Kori Ali Muhammad shouted “God is great” before his rampage.
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
“Fresno police say suspect in triple slaying told them he hates white people, shouted ‘God is great’ before killings,” the AP reported yesterday on Twitter.
The translation muddies the fact that he reportedly invoked the Muslim god Allah.
Three people are dead in a shooting spree in downtown Fresno on Tuesday, and the suspect was wanted in connection to the Motel 6 killing last week, the Fresno Police Department said.
Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, shouted “Allahu Akbar” as police tackled him to the ground after the shootings which were spread over four locations, Police Chief Jerry Dyer said.
The victims appeared to be random, Dyer said.
Today, the AP acknowledges the report “failed to note he said it in Arabic,” referring to its “God is great” translation.