Suspects Fired at Jazmine Barnes’ Car by Mistake, Report Says

Geraldine Edwards
January 7, 2019

People attend a community rally outside a Walmart on East Sam Houston Pkwy N in Houston on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019 for 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes, who was killed on Sunday.

According to Houston ABC affiliate KTRK, the 20-year-old Black confessed to playing a role in the December 30 shooting, on Saturday night after a tip lead Harris County investigators to his arrest.

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

Black admitted to taking part in the shooting, the sheriff's office said.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzales described the suspect in a press conference on Thursday (Jan. 3).

Currently, investigators do not think that the family was targeted intentionally, suggesting it was a possible case of "mistaken identity".

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However, both men police apprehended are black. Individuals with revelatory information are thereby encouraged to dial 713-222-TIPS or 713-221-6000 if they have anything of soluble details that would better their investigative efforts.

Barnes, who was sitting behind the driver's seat, died at the scene. Jazmine's death has prompted an outpouring of support for her family from across the country, including celebrities and sports stars.

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.

The prosecutor added that the source, who communicated with the police via email, said Black and Larry W. did not know they had shot into the auto carrying the 7-year-old until they saw the story on the news later that day.

Barnes's killer was initially described as a white male, leading to widespread allegations that she was the victim of a hate crime.

Investigators believe two people were involved, Gonzalez said.

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Multiple news outlets are reporting that the police are very close to making an arrest. They had identified a white man in a red truck as the shooter.

Campaigners had feared the shooting, on an African-American family, may have been racially motivated.

Texas is a death penalty state and capital murder convictions can mean death.

The Jazmine Barnes Homicide investigation has taken a new direction.

"We gonna find him no matter what corner we have to turn, no matter what rock we got to go under, we gonna find you man", said her heartbroken mother, LaPorsha Washington, who was also shot in the attack. Her funeral is on Tuesday.

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