Sheriff: Man In Truck Sought In Shooting Death Of 7-Year-Old Was Witness, Not Suspect

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HOUSTON (AP) – A Texas sheriff says authorities now believe that a man in a red pickup who was being sought in the shooting death of a 7-year-old black girl was actually just a witness.

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.

The family had described the shooter as a white man in a red pickup. Authorities say the suspects they’ve identified are both African-American.

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says the shooting happened very quickly while Jazmine, her mother and three sisters were at a stoplight.

He says it’s likely that the red pickup truck was the last thing seen by Jazmine’s sisters before gunfire broke out. He also noted that it was dark out at the time.

Gonzalez says authorities still hope to talk to the person in the red pickup to get his account of what happened.


HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities have released a composite sketch of a man accused in the death of a 7-year-old girl during a Houston-area shooting that her family believes might have been racially motivated.

The suspect is described as a white man in his 30s or 40s, wearing a black hoodie, with pale skin and blue eyes.

Investigators say he pulled up alongside the car Jazmine Barnes was riding in Sunday with her family and fired into the vehicle.

The suspect had previously been described by authorities as having a beard. But Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says additional information received by investigators made them realize the suspect had more of a “five o’clock shadow.”

At a separate news conference, Jazmine’s mother, LaPorsha Washington, implored the shooter to turn himself in.