Man charged with murder after girl, 7, shot dead in family car ‘by mistake’

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A 20-year-old man has been charged with murder after a girl, seven, was shot dead while in a car with her family.

Eric Black Jr was arrested after police received a tip-off following the shooting on December 30.

A suspect had pulled alongside a vehicle Jazmine Barnes was sitting in outside a Walmart and opened fire.

She died at the scene in Houston, while her mother LaPorsha Washington was shot in the arm.

METRO GRAB VIA FACEBOOK fatal shooting of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2018, in Houston. Authorities say the girl was killed when the suspect fired into a vehicle she was riding in. Jazmine died at the scene and her mother, LaPorsha Washington, suffered a gunshot wound to the arm https://www.facebook.com/edgonzalezhouston/photos/rpp.113872607592/10156771778997593/?type=3&theater
Jazmine Barnes, seven, was shot dead while in a car with her family (Picture: Facebook)

Police said Black admitted taking part in the shooting.

Detectives have also arrested a second suspect Larry Woodruffe, 24.

Ms Washington had initially thought the shooting was racially motivated after the alleged shooter was earlier described as a white man in a red truck.

Police have not confirmed the race of the suspects.

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This Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, sketch provided by the Harris County Sheriff's Office in Houston, Texas, shows an artist's rendition of the suspect in the fatal shooting of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2018, in Houston. Authorities say the girl was killed when the suspect fired into a vehicle she was riding in. Jazmine died at the scene and her mother, LaPorsha Washington, suffered a gunshot wound to the arm. (Harris County Sheriff's Office via AP)
A sketch provided by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office in Houston, Texas, shows an artist’s rendition of the suspect (Picture: Police)
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. Jazmine was shot to death nearby while riding in a car with her mother and three sisters. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP)
People attend a community rally for Jazmine Barnes (Picture: AP)

A police statement said: ‘Investigators are continuing to pursue evidence that could possibly lead to other suspects being charged in this case.

‘Jazmine’s mother was driving Jazmine and her three sisters southbound on the East Sam Houston Parkway feeder road near Wallisville Road at approximately 6:50 a.m. when they were fired upon by someone in another vehicle.

‘At this time, investigators do not believe Jazmine’s family was the intended target of the shooting, and that they were possibly shot as a result of mistaken identity.’

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Christopher Cevilla, father of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes, speaks during a news conference, Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, in Houston. Authorities are seeking the public's help in locating a man in a pickup truck who pulled up next to a car that was leaving a Houston-area Walmart parking lot Sunday and started shooting, killing Barnes inside the car and wounding the girl's mother. (Nicole Hensley/Houston Chronicle via AP)
Jazmine Barnes’ dad Christopher Cevilla (Picture: AP)

People gathered at a rally yesterday afternoon for Jazmine near where the shooting happened.

They 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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