Catching A Killer: Texas Police Release Sketch of Suspect in Shooting Death of Jazmine Barnes, Clarifies Description About ‘Bearded’ Man

Authorities on Thursday released a composite sketch of a man accused in the death of a 7-year-old black girl during a Houston-area shooting that her family believes might have been racially motivated.

The suspect is described as a white man in his 30s or 40s, wearing a black hoodie, with pale skin and blue eyes.

Investigators say he pulled up alongside the car Jazmine Barnes was riding in with her family Sunday and fired into the vehicle in the eastern outskirts of Houston. Jazmine died at the scene while her mother was shot in the arm.

The shooting occurred on a service road as the family was heading to a store.

The suspect had previously been described by authorities as having a beard.

But Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said at a news conference that additional information received by investigators made them realize the suspect had more of a “five o’clock shadow.”

Authorities on Thursday also released a short video of what they believe is the red truck the suspect drove.

“We’re not gonna rest until we find justice for Jazmine,” Gonzalez said.

At a separate news conference, Jazmine’s mother, LaPorsha Washington, said she believed the shooting could have been racially motivated. Some Houston activists believe race prompted the shooting and point to an unsolved incident in the area in 2017 in which a suspect described as white shot into a vehicle carrying at least two black people.

Gonzalez said authorities have not yet determined a motive in Sunday’s shooting and have not found links between it and the 2017 cases.

Investigators remain focused on finding the suspect, Gonzalez said.

Lee Merritt, a national civil rights attorney with an office in Dallas and New-York-based activist and writer Shaun King, have offered a $100,000 reward for a tip that leads to an arrest.

Via: Atlanta Black Star

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