Capital murder charges filed in killing of Jazmine Barnes

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A black man was arrested and charged with murder in the killing of a 7-year-old black girl in a drive-by shooting that authorities said Sunday appeared to be a case of mistaken identity, not a racially motivated attack, as her family feared.

Prosecutors said during Black's 5 a.m. hearing the same tipster identified Larry Woodruffe, 24, as the shooter in the December 30 drive-by killing.

Eric Black Jr. told officials he was driving the vehicle while another suspect Larry W. opened fire from the front seat on the vehicle in which Jazmine was a passenger, the prosecutor said in court.

Jazmine was riding in a auto with her mother and three sisters when someone in another vehicle shot Jazmine in the head the morning of December 30.

Jazmine Barnes was killed while riding in a auto with her family Sunday morning.

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

Take a look at the sketch of Jazmine Barnes' alleged shooter below.

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Gonzalez said Sunday that the sheriff's office received up to a thousand tips in the case.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office issued alerts for the white male said to be driving a red pickup truck. One of those people, the accused driver of the getaway vehicle, Eric Black Jr., is in custody and faces a capital murder charge, Gonzalez said.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzales described the suspect in a press conference on Thursday (Jan. 3). He also said he did not believe that there was anything nefarious behind a white man being falsely fingered as the initial suspect.

She says the man who opened fire into her auto, also shooting her in the arm, was a white man wearing a black hoodie, driving a red pick up truck who had pale skin and blue eyes. A white man in a red pickup truck pulled up beside the auto and opened fire, police said. He says it's likely that the red pickup truck was the last thing seen by Jazmine's sisters before gunfire broke out.

Police believe that the killing was a case of mistaken identity, and that Jazmine's family had no prior contact with the suspects.

"I'm happy I can mourn my baby's death and just [be] ready to bury her on Tuesday", mom LaPorsha Washington told ABC 13 in Houston.

"We're not gonna rest until we find justice for Jazmine", Gonzalez said. Merritt and King offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to the suspect's arrest, and King has continuously tweeted out updates in the case to his 1.1 million Twitter followers. Rallies took place around Houston demanding justice for Barnes and questioned why more had not been done to catch the assailant.

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