Three people are dead after a man went on a shooting spree in California. The guard died in hospital.
"Immediately upon the individual seeing the officer he literally dove onto the ground and was taken into custody and as he was taken into custody he yelled out 'Allahu Akhbar, '" Dyer said.
The suspect was in custody, the AP said in a tweet.
Muhammad has a lengthy criminal history that includes weapons violations, drug offenses and making terrorist threats, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said during a news conference Tuesday afternoon.
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Dyer told reporters that the three people were shot minutes apart in close proximity in areas around the downtown area of Fresno.
In all, 16 shots were fired during Muhammad's alleged shooting spree, and he already was wanted in connection to the murder of a security guard at a Motel 6 last week, according to authorities.
Dyer was quoted as saying that it "was too early to say whether or not this involves terrorism".
All the shootings were random, unprovoked attacks and while the victims have not been identified, Dyer said they were all white males.
Two of those shot at were near Catholic Charities and were clients of the social services agency, Dyer said. "We offer condolences for the victims, we pray for the victims and their families".
Ashlee Wolf of Catholic Charities told the Fresno Bee newspaper (http://bit.ly/2oK6Vzc) that the shooting happened at a bus stop near the charity.
Emergency officials say a shooting has killed one person and injured two others in downtown Fresno.
County government buildings were placed on lockdown and residents were urged to shelter in place, according to the newspaper.