7-Year-Old Jazmine Barnes Murder Suspect Charged

Shaquille O’Neal pays for funeral of 7-year-old killed by drive-by shooter	 	 	 			Shaquille O’Neal in 2007

Shaquille O’Neal pays for funeral of 7-year-old killed by drive-by shooter Shaquille O’Neal in 2007

A 20-year-old man has been charged with capital murder in the death of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes, who was killed in a drive-by shooting in Houston while in a vehicle with her family.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office appeared to confirm the report on Saturday night when they tweeted the investigation has taken a "new direction".

"Investigators do not believe Jazmine's family was the intended target of the shooting", the statement said.

Barnes' mother, LaPorcha Washington, described to KPRC in detail what happened on December 30, 2018, explaining that she was on a coffee run with her four daughters when the shooting happened. Jazmine's mother, LaPorsha Washington, was driving with the children and was shot in the arm. And they continued knocking on nearby doors, hoping to find more security footage of the truck.

The sheriff's office said all evidence gathered so far supports investigators' strong belief that she and her family were innocent victims.

Each daughter was in her assigned seat in the family auto, with Jazmine sitting behind her mother in the back seat. Jazmine was shot in the head and died at the scene.

Authorities have not released details on the suspected shooter, but said they will release more details on the case Sunday afternoon.

Some community leaders believe the shooting that left Jazmine dead is connected to an incident in 2017 where a white man with an AR-15 was reportedly shooting at random cars near that same area.

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Lee Merritt, a national civil rights attorney with an office in Dallas and New-York-based activist and writer Shaun King, have offered a $100,000 reward for a tip that leads to an arrest. According to police, someone in a red, four-door pickup truck pulled alongside her family's vehicle and opened fire.

A lawyer for the Barnes family now says the white man that police described as a suspect was "simply a bystander trying to escape the shooting".

"She said, 'Momma, Jazmine's not moving". That shooting remains unsolved.

Jazmine's death has prompted an outpouring of support for her family from people, celebrities and sports stars across the country.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzales described the suspect in a press conference on Thursday (Jan. 3). A rally was held in Houston on Saturday in honor of Jazmine.

The funeral and balloon release in remembrance of Jazmine's life is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at Green House International Church on 200 West Greens Road, Houston, TX 77067.

They also chanted: "What do we want?"

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