Incident Summary:

04/13/2017: An assailant shot and killed Carl Williams, a security guard, at a Motel 6 in Fresno, California, United States. Kori Ali Muhammad, an anti-white extremist, claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that he targeted the victim because Williams had disrespected him. Sources also noted that Muhammad had a history of anti-white and anti-government social media posts.



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North America

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Motel 6
Specific Description Hotel Security Guard: Carl Williams
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Lack of Intentionality
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources stated that Muhammad shot Williams after an argument with the motel's security guards.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-White extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Hate crime is suspected after a gunman kills 3 white men in downtown Fresno," Los Angeles Times, April 19, 2017."
"Fresno shooting suspect's mental competency to be evaluated," Los Angeles Times, April 21, 2017."
"Fresno Gunman Targeted 'as Many White Males as Possible,' Cops Say,", April 19, 2017."