Man Arrested in Connection With Deadly Shooting of 7-Year-Old Near Walmart

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A suspect has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes

Eric Black Jr., 20, was arrested Saturday evening and faces a capital murder charge, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office. Investigators said a tip led to his arrest and that Black allegedly admitted to his role in the shooting, adding that they are continuing to pursue leads that could result in more people being charged. 

Seven-year-old Jazmine was riding in the car with her mother and sisters when she was shot in the head last weekend near a Walmart in Houston. The family was stopped at a traffic light when their car was opened fire on without apparent warning or provocation.

While the family has said they believe the attack was racially motivated, officials said they now believe the shooting was a possible case of mistaken identity, and Jazmine and her family were not the intended targets. 

On Saturday, roughly 1,000 people took part in a rally to remember the little girl. Her mother, LaPorsha Washington, who was also injured in the shooting, vowed then that the gunman would be found. “We’re going to find him no matter what corner we have to turn,” she said, according to The New York Times.

It's not clear whether Black has an attorney. 


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