'Persons of interest' questioned in death of Jazmine Barnes

'Persons of interest' questioned in death of Jazmine Barnes

USA police have charged a man in connection with the drive-by shooting of a seven-year-old girl in Texas.

The Harris County Sheriff's Department has filed a capital murder charge against 20-year-old Eric Black Jr.

Investigators identified Black as a suspect based on a tip.

Authorities said Sunday that the killing of Jazmine Barnes appears to have been a case of mistaken identity, not a racially motivated attack as her family feared.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, whose agency is leading the investigation into Jazmine's death, said he is "not tone deaf" to concerns Washington and her children were shot at due to their race.

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

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said the arrest "should serve as a warning to all violent offenders who prey on our community" that they will be arrested eventually.

Jazmine died at the scene.

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The sheriff's office tweeted on Friday that investigators have received "many potential leads" since releasing the sketch but declined to comment on any specific tips. Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins pledged to donate his $29,000 paycheck from Saturday's playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts to help pay for Jazmine's funeral.

The ABC13 report said Black returned the rental vehicle after the shooting and got a new one, which he was driving when he was arrested.

"She said 'Momma, Jazmine's not moving, she's not talking.' I turned around and my 7-year-old was shot in the head, " Washington tearfully recalled.

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

There has been a lot of discussion across the community about the search for a suspect, who had been described as a white man wearing a black hoodie in a red pickup truck.

"I just want anybody, whoever, out there that knows anything about the murder of my daughter, to just please step up as if it was your own", he said.

Black says he thought it was a vehicle he had seen the night before, he didn't realize who was inside.

Black was the driver of the vehicle and another man, identified by a source as L.W., was in the passenger seat during the shooting. The alleged shooter is a thin, white man in his 30s or 40s. She's concerned about her three daughters as they grieve the death of their sister, particularly the 13-year-old who she says hasn't shed a tear and is keeping her grief bottled inside. The viewing will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday and the funeral service at 12 p.m.

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