Update: Shooting of 7-Yr-Old Black Girl Was Not by Some White Dude — 20-Yr-Old Black Male Eric Black Arrested
Texas authorities arrested and charged a man in the fatal shooting of 7-year-old girl Jazmine Barnes, whose death captured national attention and sparked a manhunt for the killer.
The original reports from the family who witnessed the shooting death of Jasmine described the shooter as a “white male in his 30s.”
Trans black activist Shaun King offered a $100,000 reward for the arrest of the shooter.
And police sent out a drawing of the shooter based on the family’s description.
Jazmine’s sister saw the suspected shooter and remembers this: “He just looked sick. His face was thin and was really pale, and his eyes were blue.”
This is a police sketch of him.
He’s still on the loose. #JazmineBarnes #JusticeforJazmine pic.twitter.com/bVSF73sryf
— Nick Valencia (@CNNValencia) January 5, 2019
On Sunday the Texas police announced on Sunday that 20-year-old Eric Black Jr. was arrested and charged with capital murder in the death of Jasmine Barnes.
— HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) January 6, 2019
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office released a statement following Black’s arrest.
Investigators identified Black as a suspect based on a tip.
Subsequent investigation revealed evidence that corroborated the tip, and Black was taken into custody in East Harris County without incident.
Black then admitted to taking part in the shooting. 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.