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Man charged with capital murder for the shooting death of Houston 7-year-old

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Posted at 11:34 AM, Jan 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-06 15:33:29-05

The Harris County Sheriff's Department said an arrest has been made in connection to the shooting death of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes.

On Sunday, investigators charged 20-year-old Eric Black Jr. with capital murder.

Jazmine was shot in the head on Dec. 30 while in a car with her mother and three sisters when their car was hit by bullets shot from another vehicle.

The sheriff's office said Black was identified as a suspect thanks to a tip. Black admitted to investigators to taking part in the shooting.

The sheriff's office said they strongly believe Jazmine and her family were innocent victims.

"At this time, investigators do not believe Jazmine's family was the intended target of the shooting, and that they were possibly shot as a result of mistaken identity," the sheriff's office said in a news release.

Investigators will continue to look into evidence that may lead to other suspects being charged. Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said they are investigating a second individual who may have been involved in the shooting.

Previously, the sheriff's office believed the suspect was driving in a red truck. During a press conference on Sunday, Gonzalez said they now believe the red truck was just a witness to the crime. He called for the driver to come forward to possibly provide more information on the shooting.

"I am grateful to our dedicated investigators, the partner law enforcement agencies that provided vital assistance, and tipsters from across the nation who pulled together to support our work to get justice for Jazmine," Gonzalez said. "Our work is not finished, but I believe the people of Harris County can take comfort in knowing we have made great progress."

During the press conference, Gonzalez called for the end of gun violence.

If you have any information on the shooting, contact Crime Stoppers at 713-221-6000.

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