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Texas girl, 7, killed after man opens fire on the car carrying mother, brothers and sisters

A 7-year-old girl was killed in Texas Sunday after a man opened fire on the car in which they were driving, authorities said.
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A 7-year-old girl was killed in Texas Sunday after a man opened fire on the car in which they were driving, authorities said.

Jazmine Barnes was leaving a Walmart parking lot in Houston with her mother, 30-year-old LaPorsha Washington, and her three sisters, when a man driving a red pick-up truck pulled alongside their car and started shooting at around 7 o’clock in the morning, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

Washington and Barnes were both hit by bullets. Washington was transported to the hospital with injuries, but Barnes was pronounced dead at the scene. Another child in the car sustained injuries by fragments of glass.

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“People who usually commit this type of crime, they usually talk about or confidence in someone,” Big Jesse Razo told reporters on Sunday, encouraging people with any information to report to the sheriff’s office.

Razo said the other kids in the car, at the age of 7 to 15 to be “shaken up” and “devastated” at the loss of their sister.

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Sheriff Ed Gonzalez encouraged on Twitter to pray for the family.

“A total of 5 occupants in the car saw this innocent child, the beloved, shot and killed in front of their eyes,” Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tweeted. “So senseless. It is never easy to do, and extra hard during the holiday season.”

“We use all available resources to bring this killer to justice,” Razo said, noting the suspect is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Harris County Sheriff’s Office at 713-221-6000.

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