connectVideoTexas father pleads for public help to find shooter who killed 7-year-old girl injured the mother of the child
A suspect has reportedly been taken into custody in connection with the shooting of Jazmine Barnes, a 7-year-old Texas girl was struck by a bullet while traveling in a car with her family on Dec. 30.
A second suspect may be in custody, multiple sources told Houston’s FOX 26.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office issued a Twitter message, saying only that the case was “a new direction,” with the “persons of interest” is being interviewed.
The shots came from a pick-up truck that had pulled up, in addition to the family of the vehicle, the authorities said. In the same recording, Jazmine’s mother was included in one of her arms, while the girl and her three sisters were unharmed, the authorities said.
“I have nothing to see but broken glass and bullets come in the direction of my car,” the mother of the girl, LaPorsha Washington, told the Associated Press earlier this week.
One of Jazmine’s brothers and sisters was the first to realize that the 7-year-old was killed in Washington, told Houston’s KTRK-TV.
“They said, ‘Mom, Jazmine moves. She does not speak.’ I turned to my 7-year-old was shot in the head,” Washington told the station.
The police earlier this week released an artist’s sketch of a possible suspect, but KTRK reported that sources said that the suspect who was arrested, does not resemble the drawing.
The girl’s death led to an outpouring of concern from around the nation, FOX 26 reported.
Retired pro basketball star Shaquille O’neal and veteran Houston police Officer Kenneth Miles said recently that they would pay for the girl’s funeral.
Miles told FOX 26 this week that he and O’neal, when he first heard about Jazmine’s death.
“He and I talked about the thought of losing one of our children, and immediately touched our hearts,” said Miles, recalling his conversation with O’neal. “He suggested we come up with something that could relieve the burden, that could help the family. He and I decided to split the cost of the funeral.”
FOX 26 reporters later, accompanied by Miles he delivered a cheque to the funeral home.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.