Muhammad is then believed to have walked on through downtown Fresno, shooting at another white person and missing, sparing two women in a vehicle who were Latina, and then fatally shooting two more white men, aged 37 and 58, all within less than two minutes before he was taken into custody by police.
Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer says Muhammad shouted "God is great" in Arabic during his arrest and had posted on social media that he dislikes white people.
Five days before a rampage that left three men dead, Kori Ali Muhammad shot an unarmed security guard who he felt had insulted him at a Motel 6 when he visited a woman at the hotel, police said.
Muhammad did not run from Fresno police officers because he said he respected them, according to the police chief.
Police are searching for the revolver Muhammad said he tossed into a pile of clothing.
Jackson's neighbor, Veronica Estrada, said that "there's always violence in this neighborhood". So he vowed to eliminate as many white men as he could.
On Tuesday, after he learned he was wanted for the guard's death, he set out to kill more people, Dyer said.
Dyer says this all began with a murder last Thursday night at a motel where he allegedly killed a security guard for unspecified "disrespect".
Then the 6-foot-1-inch, 220-pound Muhammad ran behind the motel and climbed onto the roof of a nearby 7-Eleven, where he hid out that night. Friday morning, he watched police officers investigate the crime scene and by evening he was in a ravine, where he told police he conducted voodoo rituals for three days.
Muhammad is facing four counts of murder and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, officials said.
Muhammad told investigators he is Muslim but prays to seven different gods and has not been to a mosque in 25 years.
Dyer said he doesn't think the suspect's desire to kill stemmed from religious views, but rather racist views.
Fresno Officer Nicholas El-Helou said it is rare for police relying on traditional dispatch calls to arrive while a gunman is still on the scene.
"And that's what he set out to do".
Muhammad on Tuesday first walked up to a utility truck and shot a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. employee sitting in the passenger seat. Dyer said someone else might've picked it up.
Francine Williams described her 25-year-old son, Carl Williams, as a kind and giving person who had recently gotten engaged.
The victims were identified Wednesday as Zackary David Randalls, 34, of Clovis, and Mark James Gassett, 37, and David Martin Jackson, 58, both of Fresno. "Kori Muhammad would be outstanding today if it wasn't for shots-fired detection".
Finally, Dyer said Muhammad fired in the direction of a bus stop where he spotted three white men.
The man suspected of killing three people in downtown Fresno had a long record of criminal charges in Sacramento.
He then headed toward Catholic Charities in the 100 block of North Fulton Street and fired a second fatal volley of gunfire, killing a man in the parking lot.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Mark's family, as well as all of the families of the victims from yesterday's tragedy", the district said. Federal prosecutors said at the time that he was also in possession of a 9mm semi-automatic handgun and two rifles after being convicted of a felony. At times, the suspect laughed while detailing the killings to police. Muhammad grew up as Cory Taylor- his father said he was not necessarily book smart, but he was a very intelligent kid.
There were no indications to suggest it was a "terrorist-related crime" and a probe was under way to determine if the murders qualified as a hate crime.
What the killer didn't know was the stories behind the lives he took.