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Houston wins praise for the treatment of the girl’s drive-by shooting

This undated image from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office shows Eric Black Jr. Prosecutors said Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, that the shooting of a 7-year-old black girl as she rode in her car came from a case of mistaken identity. Prosecutors charge Black in the Dec. 30 the death of Jazmine Barnes. (Harris County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

HOUSTON – Activists are praising Houston law enforcement for the pursuit of a tip that led to the arrest of an African-American man in the fatal drive-by shooting of a 7-year-old black girl.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez reported on Sunday that prosecutors had charged 20-year-old Eric Black Jr. with capital murder in the death of Jazmine Barnes on Dec. 30.

Gonzalez says the killing was not a hate crime, as is claimed by some people in the community, but a case of mistaken identity.

He says that a second suspect has been identified, also black, but refused to say whether the person is in custody.

The tip came from a New York-based social activist and writer who had helped to raise money for a reward leading to information in the case.

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