Houston, TX: Police Seek Killer of 7-Year-Old African-American Girl

Sunday, 06 Jan, 2019

" Authorities are looking for the red pickup truck that was caught on camera in a blurry photo, and Jazmine's older sister was able to describe the suspect as a bearded white man in his 40s wearing a red hoodie".

"The look in his eyes - he wasn't normal", Washington said. He is expected to release a composite sketch of the suspect by Thursday. Her three sisters suffered minor cuts from shattered glass.

"Investigators have been working tirelessly", he said.

The heartbroken mother spoke to reporters from her hospital bed pleading for help in finding the killer.

Washington's other two daughters, 6 and 13, were also in the vehicle. She said she didn't have tinted windows, and the gunman could see "a black mother with four handsome children, girls, in this vehicle". She said she didn't have tinted windows, and the gunman could see "a black mother with four lovely children, girls, in this auto".

Gonzalez said his office was "not ruling anything out", but that it would be "irresponsible" to claim race was a factor in the attack "without fully knowing that is the linkage".

Washington told ABC News Thursday that she will never stop looking for the man who killed her daughter.

The driver pulled up to Jazmine's family's vehicle and opened fire, shattering the driver's side window, according to the New York Daily News. She said he must have known there was a woman and three children inside.

Jazmine's family believes her death was a deliberate hate crime.

Washington took off, tires screeching as she left the lot - trying to protect her family by evading the gunman.

"We want to make sure that we get the right person as quickly as possible", Gonzalez said earlier. Investigators are comparing the shell casings from the shooting to other cases to see if there are any connections. "It's a whodunit right now".

The sheriff acknowledged the description of the killer is white but has not ruled out the possibility that he could also be Hispanic.

On Thursday, Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins also announced that he would donate his $29,000 playoffs paycheck to Jazmine's family.

The costs of her funeral were covered by former Lakers star Shaquille O'Neal and Houston Police Officer Kenneth Miles, KPRC in Houston reported. A good Samaritan stopped and called 911, Washington said. "After he sees my child's face go across his TV so many times, he's going to turn himself in".

No racial slurs were said during the attack, but Merritt said they still believe the shooting was racially motivated for a "litany" of reasons, including the area where it took place and the racial rhetoric now dividing the nation. "Black people are being targeted in this country, black people are being targeted in this county, black people are being targeted in this city".

What if young Jazmine Barnes is a victim of domestic terror?