Published: Mon, January 07, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Jazmine Barnes shooting: man charged with murder in seven-year-old's death

Jazmine Barnes shooting: man charged with murder in seven-year-old's death

Prosecutors said early Sunday that they had arrested the man responsible for the fatal shooting of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes of Houston.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office released a sketch (left) of the man suspected in the deadly shooting of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes (right).

Prosecutors said during Black's 5 a.m. hearing the same tipster identified Larry Woodruffe, 24, as the shooter in the December 30 drive-by killing.

Black told investigators that he and the shooter had not targeted Jazmine's family and that they realized the attack was a mistake when they saw news reports about the girl's death.

Jazmine was killed after a gunman fired into the auto that she was riding in with her mother and siblings at around 6:50 a.m. Sunday, officials said.

During Sunday's hearing, prosecutors said Jazmine's mother, LaPorsha Washington, had tried to drive to a hospital after the shooting, but one of her front tires had been shot out. A 2nd suspect Larry Woodruffe, 24 is believed to be the shooter.

On Saturday, hundreds of people gathered at a Walmart near the street where the shooting occurred to rally for Jazmine.

The sheriff's office added that they were still examining evidence to determine whether any other suspects could be charged. Investigators are still trying to verify information related to the second person, Gonzalez said, but he declined to say whether anyone was in police custody, citing the pending investigation. "We now believe that the red truck probably enter the freeway and continued on another direction", says Sheriff Gonzalez.

Black, who was arrested Saturday afternoon during a traffic stop, was charged with capital murder and jailed without bail.

Barnes, her three sisters and their mother LaPorsha Washington, were in a auto driving down the East Sam Houston Parkway, Houston, on December 30 when another vehicle pulled up alongside them.

Family and community activists had said they believed the death was racially motivated, and investigators had been searching for a white man with blue eyes. The victim was black and the suspect is described as a white man in his 30s or 40s, who was wearing a hooded top and driving a red truck. "We're asking you to give justice to me and my family", said a tearful Ms Watt.

"It's now my hope that justice will prevail and that Jazmine's family will find some comfort knowing the alleged gunman is off the street", he said.

Almost 2,500 people have donated to a GoFundMe set up for Jazmine's funeral expenses and family.

Jazmine's mother was driving Jazmine and her three sisters on a highway when at approximately 6:50 a.m. they were fired upon by someone in another vehicle.

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