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Houston wins praise for handling of girl's drive-by shooting

07 January 2019

Police tweeted: 'The Jazmine Barnes Homicide investigation has taken a new direction.

Authorities in Harris County described the suspect's vehicle as a four-door pickup.

Two days after Jazmine's death, King turned to his legion of Twitter followers to enlist their help in finding her killer and offered a reward of $25,000 for information.

Merritt told The Washington Post on Sunday that he believes Woodruffe is also black.

Prosecutors say he was driving the vehicle that pulled alongside the Barnes family auto and that someone else shot into the auto.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a black Democrat who represents parts of Houston, said there was nothing irresponsible about the early suggestions it was a hate crime. "As police talked with him about the drugs, police reportedly received a tip about suspects with the initials "EB" and LW" being responsible for the shooting, according to ABC News. After being apprehended, the young man, who is black, admitted to being involved in the shooting.

"Mr. Black has acknowledged his role in Jazmine's murder", Gonzalez said. "You took my baby from me and you have no care in the world".

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

Investigators are chasing leads that could result in more suspects being charged.

The sheriff - who never called the shooting race-related - said the traumatized family's description of the suspect had been "sincere". Authorities now believe the pickup driver, from which the sketch was made, was actually just a witness.

"We do know that there was a red truck involved". "However, all the information up until yesterday has been that the shooter was an older white male in a red truck". And they continued knocking on nearby doors, hoping to find more security footage of the truck.

Chris Sevilla, Jazmine's father, said in a brief telephone interview that he was feeling "a bit of relief right now" after the arrest.

"I feel some relief in this because now my baby has got justice and we can probably put her to rest without having to put her to rest and be still on a manhunt looking for a suspect or suspects whatever it may be", Cevilla says.

"We are out here to support her because being a family and to lose your daughter as in a situation like this is a tragedy", said one attendee.

The Sheldon Independent School District said in a statement that Jazmine was a second-grader at Monahan Elementary in Houston.

Deric Muhammad, an organizer of a rally on Saturday in Houston to demand "Justice for Jazmine", commended Gonzalez for working with the community to collect evidence leading to the arrest.

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.

Houston wins praise for handling of girl's drive-by shooting