Local police have arrested Eric Black, Jr. and charged him with capital murder in the shooting that killed 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes on Dec. 30 in Houston, Texas. A second man, Larry Woodruffe, was also arrested and has not yet been charged.

BREAKING: @HCSOTexas has identified 1st suspect in #JazmineBarnes murder as Eric Black, Jr. 20. I can also confirm a 2nd suspect as Larry Woodruffe, 24 (below). He is believed to be the shooter. No connection to Jazmine or her family, per sources. https://t.co/wnaXDXVOO0 #abc13 pic.twitter.com/YsYvUSZX4g

— Jessica Willey (@ImJessicaWilley) January 6, 2019

Jazmine’s mother LaPorsha Washington was driving with her four children on an early-morning coffee run when she says a pickup truck pulled up alongside her car, and someone began firing a gun into their car. Washington was struck in the shoulder and Jazmine was fatally shot in the head.

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Investigators told local media they believe the victims weren’t the intended target, and they may have been attacked in a case of mistaken identity.

Police initially believed they were looking for a white suspect, after Jazmine’s sisters described the shooter as possibly white. A sketch artist created a composite drawing that appeared to show a white man.

Local police say a tip led to the arrests of Black and Woodruffe.

Jazmine Barnes was killed in a drive-by shooting. (CNN screengrab) FBI, NASA help in the search for shooter who killed 7-year-old black child in Texas

After Jazmine’s death, celebrities and athletes began pledging money to the family, and thousands of people donated to a fund to help Jazmine’s family with her funeral costs. A rally on Saturday drew hundreds of well-wishers and concerned community members.

Source Link:
https://thinkprogress.org/two-men-arrested-one-charged-in-7-year-old-jazmine-barnes-murder-f27f181ead7a/

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