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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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
"Fresno shooting suspect's mental competency to be evaluated," Los Angeles Times, April 21, 2017."
"Hate crime is suspected after a gunman kills 3 white men in downtown Fresno," Los Angeles Times, April 19, 2017."
"Fresno Gunman Targeted 'as Many White Males as Possible,' Cops Say,", April 19, 2017."