Sheriff: Man in Truck was Witness, Not Suspect

Sheriff: Man in Truck was Witness, Not Suspect

Sheriff: Man in Truck was Witness, Not Suspect

Prosecutors said early Sunday that they had arrested the man responsible for the fatal shooting of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes of Houston.

A Texas sheriff says authorities now believe that a man in a red pickup who was being sought in the shooting death of a 7-year-old black girl was actually just a witness.

Jazmine Barnes' family had described the gunman in the December 30 slaying as a white man driving a red pickup, stirring fears among community activists that race played a role in the attack.

It's been nearly a week since the 7-year-old was shot in the head by a passing motorist while riding in her mother's vehicle along with her three sisters. She's concerned about her three daughters as they grieve the death of their sister, particularly the 13-year-old who she says hasn't shed a tear and is keeping her grief bottled inside. A 2nd suspect Larry Woodruffe, 24 is believed to be the shooter.

On Saturday, hundreds gathered at a rally near where the shooting happened, holding balloons, stuffed animals and signs that read, "Justice for Jazmine".

Investigators will continue to look into evidence that may lead to other suspects being charged. "They were possibly shot as a result of mistaken identity".

Late Saturday, the sheriff's office said on Twitter that the investigation had "taken a new direction".

It's been a week since someone in a red pick-up truck opened fire on a vehicle in the Houston area. The Harris County Sheriff's Office has released a sketch.

An investigation tip corroborated evidence before officials took Black into custody in Harris County without incident, according to the news outlet.

Before Black's arrest, police released a sketch of the suspect described as a white man in his 40s, based on information from Jazmine's mother and three sisters.

Jazmine Barnes was shot in Houston, Texas, on December 30 after a suspect opened fire on the auto she was in with her family.

A confidential source told the sheriff's office the people in Black's vehicle "shot the auto by mistake".

The event, a fundraiser for the family, had another objective that organizers say is even more important: Keeping Jazmine's death on people's minds.

"I'm so happy to see all these faces from all over, and I thank you so much for doing this and coming together for my baby", Washington said with tears streaming down her face.

Shaun King, a racial justice activist, and Lee Merritt, a lawyer for Jazmine's family, have pledged a reward of $100,000 for information about the suspect's whereabouts.

Shaquille O'Neal and Houston Senior Police Officer Kenneth Miles covered the cost of Jazmine's funeral service.

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