Man (20) charged over death of 7-year-old girl who was shot as she rode in car with family
Authorities in Texas have charged a 20-year-old man over the shooting death of a seven-year-old black girl who was killed while riding in a vehicle with her family.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office announced that Eric Black Jr was charged with murder over the death of Jazmine Barnes.
Investigators identified Black as a suspect after receiving a tip, the office said in a statement.
“Investigators do not believe Jazmine’s family was the intended target of the shooting,” the statement said.
“They were possibly shot as a result of mistaken identity.”
Jazmine was fatally shot in Houston on December 30 after authorities said a suspect pulled alongside the vehicle the girl was riding in and opened fire.
Jazmine died at the scene, while her mother was shot in the arm. The shooting occurred as the family was heading to the store.
Following his arrest in east Harris County, the sheriff’s office said Black admitted to taking part in the shooting.
Officials also said investigators are looking into the possibility that others could be charged in the case.
Jazmine’s mother, LaPorsha Washington, has said she believes the shooting was racially motivated.
The alleged shooter was earlier described as a white man in a red truck, but the sheriff’s office did not immediately identify Black’s race.
Hundreds of people gathered at a rally on Saturday afternoon for the girl near where the shooting happened.
People held up balloons and stuffed animals, as well as signs that said “Justice for Jazmine”.
A $100,000 (£79,000) reward was being offered for information leading to an arrest in Jazmine’s case.
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