Jazmine Barnes, 7-years-old, her mother, and three siblings were leaving a Walmart early Sunday morning around 7 a.m in Harris County, when a white male pulled next to them in a red or maroon four-door pickup truck and fired several shots, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. Jazmine’s mother, LaPorsha Washington, 30, was shot in the arm and Jazmine’s 6-year-old sister was struck by shattered glass, the sheriff said. Two teens were unharmed. Jazmine was pronounced dead at the scene.
- Police and activists are searching for the 40-year-old white man that killed 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes in a Houston Wal-Mart on Sunday morning. Civil rights attorney, Lee S. Merritt tweeted on Tuesday of a $35,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect.
- Merritt also alluded that the accused killer may have killed black people in the past, In December the Houston Chronicle reported that they were still looking for the person responsible in a similar ambush that happened in August 2017, where police were looking for a person who had fired shots from a Ford pickup into A’Vonta Williams’ car and killed his girlfriend’s grandmother.
- Harris County police chief, Ed Gonzalez, says they are committed to finding Barnes’ killer, “We’re going to leave every motive out there as a possibility,” Gonzalez told reporters.
- Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Jazmine Barnes.