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.