When Kori Ali Muhammad went on a shooting spree targeting white people on Tuesday, he was heard screaming "Allahu Akbar," a strong indication that the shooting was a terrorist attack. However, when the Associated Press reported the story, they reported that the terrorist was shouting, "God is great."
The Associated Press tweeted out what Muhammad was shouting as a quote, with no indication that it was a translation. After being heavily ridiculed, they have now deleted the tweet. The Associated Press sent a follow-up tweet which said, "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 provides news for 15,000 different outlets which copy and paste their news. They are widely considered to be an unbiased source of journalism, although many of their articles shows heavy bias. Their articles on police use of force are particularly biased against police officers; that is how anti-police stories get posted on police websites that don't hire staff writers with law enforcement experience, so they are forced to re-post Associated Press stories and come up with awful top 10 lists to generate web traffic (for example, websites that rhyme with Police Fun.)
It's not clear if The Associated Press mishap was an intentional attempt to alter the narrative of the story away from extremist Islamic terrorists, or just a simple mistake.
The terrorist attack happened on Tuesday when Kori Muhammad opened fire on seemingly random victims outside of the Catholic Charities building at 149 N. Fulton St. at 10:50 AM, according to Fresno Bee. Witnesses say that Muhammad sprayed bullets while yelling, "Allah Akbar." One man was killed at that scene.
Another victim was shot at 10:51 AM outside of Fresno Police Department station at Mariposa Mall and M Street. That person was transported to the hospital where they died.
At 10:54 AM another victim was located deceased at 215 N. Fulton St. At least one other person was shot at but not hit.
After a brief manhunt, Muhammad was located and taken into custody by Fresno PD.
Muhammad is also the suspect in the murder of a Motel 6 security guard on Sunday.
Fresno PD Chief Jerry Dyer called the shooting a random act of violence. He added that Kori Muhammad expressed a hatred of white people, and all of the victims were white.
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