Police believe Texas murder of girl, seven, was not racially motivated

Police believe Texas murder of girl, seven, was not racially motivated

Police believe Texas murder of girl, seven, was not racially motivated

HOUSTON-Prosecutors said Sunday that the shooting death of a 7-year-old black girl as she rode in her family's vehicle stemmed from a case of mistaken identity.

A major twist in the killing of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes is breaking as the Harris County Sheriff says it has "persons of interest" in custody.

Authorities say they're pursuing various leads they've received since releasing a composite sketch of the suspect. Black then admitted to taking part in the shooting, ' a statement from the sheriff's department read.

On Dec. 30, 2018, Barnes was riding to get coffee with her mother LaPorsha Washington and siblings when armed suspects began firing into Washington's vehicle, causing her auto windows to shatter. The young child was seated in her mother's auto, alongside her three sisters, when she was shot in the head unsuspectingly.

Barnes' mother, LaPorcha Washington, described to KPRC in detail what happened on December 30, 2018, explaining that she was on a coffee run with her four daughters when the shooting happened.

The local ABC affiliate identified the second suspect as Larry Woodruff, 24.

Hundreds of people gathered at a rally for a 7-year-old Houston girl whose killer remains at large.

Authorities have not released details on the suspected shooter, but said they will release more details on the case Sunday afternoon. The charges came a few hours after the sheriff's office announced that its investigation had "taken a new direction".

Black told investigators that he drove the vehicle used in the shooting while a man in the passenger seat opened fire, according to the affidavit.


The Harris County Sheriff's Office told the Daily Dot that one suspect was the shooter, while one was driving the auto.

Eric Black Junior is charged with capital murder.

The statement from Harris County Sheriff's Office said Eric Black had been arrested as the result of a tip-off.

Police said Ms Washington, Jazmine and her three sisters were in the auto near a Houston-area Walmart store on 30 December when a red pick-up truck pulled alongside them and a man inside opened fire.

Sheriff Gonzalez says investigators believe there are two individuals, including Black, involved in the case, and investigators are working to verify information.

"The family is still really grateful that it seems law enforcement has identified the shooter", Merritt said.

"The source said the suspects thought the complainant's vehicle was some other person's vehicle that they had seen earlier in the night and that they shot the auto by mistake", according to the complaint. "You took my baby from me and you have no care in the world".

Jazmine's killing prompted an outpouring of support for her family from celebrities and ordinary people across the country. Rallies took place around Houston demanding justice for Barnes and questioned why more had not been done to catch the assailant. Merritt and King offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to the suspect's arrest, and King has continuously tweeted out updates in the case to his 1.1 million Twitter followers.

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