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Ex-classmate says Fresno suspect was peaceful

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    Fresno Police chief Jerry Dyer reviews notes on the triple fatal shooting before addressing the media today in Fresno, Calif.

FRESNO, Calif. >> A former classmate of the man suspected of shooting three people to death in Fresno says that when they met he was outgoing, down to earth, peaceful and into health and nutrition.

Desiree Martinez says she met Kori Ali Muhammad three years ago when both were in a media training program at Community Media Access Collaborative in Fresno.

Martinez says everybody loved him and that whenever he saw someone eating junk food, he would talk to them about making healthier food choices.

She says she was shocked to hear that he was connected to Tuesday’s shootings.

Meanwhile, records show Muhammad was charged in 2005 with possessing cocaine with intent to distribute. 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.

He claimed insanity, and his attorney requested a psychiatric examination for his client, saying Muhammad “appeared eccentric with some bizarre beliefs.” A psychiatrist who examined Muhammad believed he had psychosis, Muhammad’s attorney said in the court filing.

Court documents also show Muhammad “suffered auditory hallucinations and had at least two prior mental health hospitalizations.”

They show his attorney said that Muhammad had “paranoia” and thought the justice system and his defense attorney were conspiring against him.

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