Man charged with murder in shooting death of Jazmine Barnes

Arturo Kim
January 7, 2019

They said a confidential source told the Harris County Sheriff's Office the suspects had "shot the vehicle by mistake".

Police believe that the killing was a case of mistaken identity, and that Jazmine's family had no prior contact with the suspects.

After the shooting, a composite sketch of a white man in a dark hood was widely circulated. Police say they found marijuana in the auto.

DeAndre Hopkins, a wide receiver for the NFL's Houston Texans, pledged his check from the Texans' playoff game on Saturday to help Jazmine's family cover funeral expenses. During a press conference on Sunday, Gonzalez said they now believe the red truck was just a witness to the crime.

The latest developments mark a turning point in a case that shocked the nation.

After the shooting, one of Jazmine's siblings discovered that Jazmine had been hit.

Investigators believe two people were involved, Gonzalez said.

On Sunday, the Harris County Sheriff's Office announced that it has charged 20-year-old Eric Black Jr with Jazmine's murder.

The news station says it has spoken to "multiple sources" who say "a suspect is in custody" with a second suspect possible.

King wrote Sunday on Instagram that he received the tip on January 3 that a 20-year-old black man named Eric Black Jr. and another man had shot Barnes.

Chris Sevilla, Jazmine's father, said in a brief telephone interview that he was feeling "a bit of relief right now" after the arrest.

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Pictured are screen grabs of retweets from Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. Black is African-American. Authorities have not released information on the suspected shooter, who Black said opened fire from the passenger seat. Both men arrested in the case are reported to be black males.

Barnes's murder drew widespread national media attention, partly because of suspicions that she was killed in a racially motivated shooting.

Merritt told The Washington Post on Sunday that he believes Woodruffe is also black.

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

According to reports, the twenty-year-old suspect is charged with capital murder.

It was not immediately clear if the other suspect, Larry W., has been arrested.

Authorities in Texas have filed charges against a suspect in the shooting death of a 7-year-old black girl.

King said Sunday morning on Twitter that he shared the tip with Gonzalez's office on Thursday.

Surveillance video captured a pickup in Houston, Texas, whose driver shot and killed a seven-year-old girl in December, authorities say.

Prosecutors said he admitted driving the vehicle while an accomplice opened fire in what may be a case of mistaken identity.

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

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