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The Latest: Dad: Fresno shooting suspect spoke of race war

  • A memorial of candles and flowers grows at the scene of Tuesday's triple homicide shooting near Catholic Charities in downtown Fresno, Calif., on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. (Craig Kohlruss /The Fresno Bee via AP)

    A memorial of candles and flowers grows at the scene of Tuesday's triple homicide shooting near Catholic Charities in downtown Fresno, Calif., on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. (Craig Kohlruss /The Fresno Bee via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Phyllis Cervantes, right, says a prayer for Tuesday's shooting victims at a memorial of candles and flowers outside Catholic Charities on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 in Fresno, Calif. The three men killed Tuesday had no known connection to each other or to the shooter,  Kori Ali Muhammad, who is expected to be arraigned Friday. (Carmen George/The Fresno Bee via AP)

    Phyllis Cervantes, right, says a prayer for Tuesday's shooting victims at a memorial of candles and flowers outside Catholic Charities on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 in Fresno, Calif. The three men killed Tuesday had no known connection to each other or to the shooter, Kori Ali Muhammad, who is expected to be arraigned Friday. (Carmen George/The Fresno Bee via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • This undated photo provided by the Fresno Police Department shows Kori Ali Muhammad a suspect in the Fresno, Calif., shooting on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Muhammad was arrested on Tuesday shortly after the deadly morning rampage that left several dead according to police. (Fresno Police Department via AP)

    This undated photo provided by the Fresno Police Department shows Kori Ali Muhammad a suspect in the Fresno, Calif., shooting on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Muhammad was arrested on Tuesday shortly after the deadly morning rampage that left several dead according to police. (Fresno Police Department via AP)  (The Associated Press)

The Latest on a fatal shooting in downtown Fresno, California (all times local):

7:26 a.m.

The suspect in the shooting deaths of three people in Fresno told his family there was a war going on between blacks and whites in America.

Kori Ali Muhammad is in custody and is expected to be charged with four counts of murder. Three men were killed Tuesday and a 25-year-old security guard was killed last week. Muhammad is black. The victims were white.

The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/2pPLuMr ) that Muhammad's father, Vincent Taylor, says his son believed that he was part of that ongoing racial war and that "a battle was about to take place."

Police say the three men shot in downtown Fresno happened to be ono the same block but were singled out at random. They had no known connection to each other or to Muhammad.

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12 a.m.

Three men were having a seemingly ordinary day in downtown Fresno, California, before they were singled out at random and killed by a black gunman targeting white victims, police said.

The men happened to be on the same block, but had no known connection to each other or to the shooter, Kori Ali Muhammad, who told police he wanted to kill as many white people as he could before he was captured.

Muhammad is in custody and is expected to be charged with four counts of murder — for Tuesday's three victims and 25-year-old Motel 6 security guard, Carl Williams, another white man who Muhammad is accused of shooting last week. He also faces at least two additional charges of assault with a deadly weapon.