Man charged in fatal shooting of 7-year-old girl

[Courtesy of: New York post https://nypost.com/2019/01/06/man-charged-in-fatal-shooting-of-7-year-old-girl/]

January 06/2019

A man was charged with capital murder for the killing of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes, who was fatally shot inside a moving car last month in a Texas Walmart parking lot, police said Sunday.

Eric Black Jr., 20, admitted to taking part in the shooting, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

“Investigators are continuing to pursue evidence that could possibly lead to other suspects being charged in this case,” the statement said.

“At this time, investigators do not believe Jazmine’s family was the intended target of the shooting, and that they were possibly shot as a result of mistaken identity.”

People from across the country — including activists and celebrities like Gabrielle Union, Olivia Wilide and Ava DuVernay — had been trying to help with the investigation since the Dec. 30 drive-by shooting.

Jazmine had been in a car with her mother and three sisters when a man in a red or maroon pickup truck drove up and opened fire.

The little girl was fatally shot in the head. Her mother, LaPorsha Washington, 30, was shot in the arm and Jazmine’s 6-year-old sister was hit by shattered glass.

Police had released a sketch of a suspect last week that showed a white man in his 40s, and the crime was initially believed to be racially motivated.

Sources told the outlet that a second man, named Larry Woodruffe, 24, has been arrested as a second suspect in the case.

Jazmine’s funeral, which will take place on Tuesday, is being paid for by NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal and veteran Houston Police officer Kenneth Miles, according to Fox26.

 

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