Texans' DeAndre Hopkins dedicates game to Jazmine Barnes
Jan 04 2019
The victim, Jazmine Barnes, was riding in the auto with her mother, LaPorsha Washington, and three sisters, leaving a Walmart, when authorities say a man in a red pick up truck pulled up alongside them and fired into the vehicle.
The new sketch, published on Thursday, was compiled from testimony by Ms Washington and two of her daughters, aged 13 and 15, who were in the vehicle at the time. On Dec. 30, 2018, the child, her mother LaPorsha Washington, plus her three siblings were the target of a yet-to-be-identified white man's aggression. Paramedics arrived but Jazmine died before they reached the hospital. She said the truck's driver then sped up to get in front of the family and continued shooting. It was not fair. She said she didn't have tinted windows, and the gunman could see "a black mother with four handsome children, girls, in this auto". "He didn't even know her, he didn't know who she was".
The Sheldon Independent School District said in a statement that Jazmine was a second-grader at Monahan Elementary in Houston. "It was like that", she told ABC13.
The sheriff acknowledged the description of the killer is white but has not ruled out the possibility that he could also be Hispanic.
Earlier this week, the Sheriff's Office also released surveillance footage of a vehicle that may have been driven by the gunman during the attack.
Also on Thursday, investigators released new surveillance video of the pickup in question. In both cases, all of the occupants of the cars fired on were black.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said during a news conference that the investigation into the death Sunday of Jazmine Barnes is focused on collecting evidence and developing leads.
Gonzalez said the shooting occurred on a service road as the family was heading to a store. "He's going to turn himself in", Ms Washington said, AP reports. He was wearing a black hoodie at the time of the shooting. Was this crime racially motivated?
Mr Gonzalez has said police are "not tone-deaf" to community concerns the attack was race-related but have not established any motive.
Another shooting case from 2017 involved a white shooter and African-American male victim in the general vicinity, but Gonzalez said at this point there is not a direct connection between the cases.
Beyond Hopkins, there are several other active fundraisers for Barnes' family.
"I didn't provoke him in any kind of way", the mother said.
No one except the gunman knows why he shot into the auto driven by Jazmine's mother around 7 a.m. Sunday in eastern Harris County. "The police got there and they were just asking: 'Who got shot and who I was beefing with?"