Sketch released of suspect in shooting of Texas girl


The father of a 7-year-old black girl who was fatally shot as her family drove to a grocery store in Houston says he's relieved an arrest has been made in his daughter's death.

Eric Black Jr, 20, has admitted involvement in the shooting and been charged with murder, Harris County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

Authorities say they're pursuing various leads they've received since releasing a composite sketch of the suspect.

She was reportedly riding in the auto with her mother and three siblings when the gunman fired several shots into the vehicle.

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Jazmine Barnes was shot dead while in her family's auto near Houston last month. "She's not talking.' I turned around and my 7-year-old was shot in the head", Washington said. Prosecutors said the 9 mm handgun believed used in the shooting had been recovered from Black's home.

KTRK-TV reported another man was the shooter and he was arrested.

The shooting prompted widespread outrage, with hundreds of people gathering at a rally to demand "Justice for Jazmine".

However, the suspect is reportedly African American and the sheriff's office said that the shooting appears to be a case of mistaken identity.

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Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a black Democrat who represents parts of Houston, said there was nothing irresponsible about the early suggestions it was hate crime.

The girls were still in their pajamas, traveling to Joe V's Smart Shop to get supplies for breakfast with their grandmother, who was staying with the family when they were shot at. Prosecutors said he was driving the vehicle that pulled alongside the Barnes family auto and that someone else shot into the auto. They've worked on several cases together over the years, including the killing of Antwon Rose II, a black teenager killed by police outside Pittsburgh in June.

Black is being held without bond in the Harris County jail while Woodruff's bond is set at $100,000 pending further investigation.

Jazmine Barnes' family had described the gunman in the December 30 slaying as a white man driving a red pickup and believed race played a role in the shooting.

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Washington thanked both the celebrities who have raised awareness about the case and those who rallied today, saying that not only were they inspiring to her but also to her children, who are grappling with the death of their sibling. Police say the pistol found at Black's home matched the shell casings found at the murder scene. 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 viewing will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday and the funeral service at 12 p.m.