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Two men have been arrested in the murder of seven-year-old Jazmine Barnes and prosecutors said during a Sunday court hearing that Barnes’ car was targeted by mistake.
Eric Black Jr., 20, has been charged with capitol murder in the shooting. Larry Woodruffe, 24, is in custody however formal charges related to the shooting have not been filed.
In a hearing for Black on Sunday, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said that a tipster from an individual in New York identified the suspects.
“The source said the suspects thought the complainant’s vehicle was some other person’s vehicle that they had seen earlier in the night and that they shot the car by mistake,” prosecutors said as they read from Black’s probable cause document during the hearing. “The source said that they did not realize the vehicle that they had shot into was the complainant’s vehicle until seeing it on the news later in the day.”
Black was ordered to be held without bond.
Investigators said that Black and Woodruffe were arrested in separate traffic stops. Black had marijuana in his vehicle while Woodruffe had 124 Xanax pills in his car. Woodruffe has been charged with possession of a controlled substance and is being held on $100,000 bond.
Black admitted to his role in the shooting after the arrest and was driving a different rental car than the one he was using at the time of the shooting.
Neither Woodruffe or Black matched the initial description of a man in a red pickup truck that spread quickly after the shooting.
Gonzalez said that the man was most likely a witness, but still would like to speak with the driver.
“Perhaps that was the last thing they remembered prior to the mayhem,” Gonzalez said.
The sheriff also said that the suspects did not know the family before the shooting, nor was the family involved in anything nefarious.
All evidence gathered so far in the Jazmine Barnes Homicide case supports investigators’ strong belief that she and her family were innocent victims. #JusticeforJazmine #hounews— HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) January 6, 2019
Authorities have identified the suspect in the shooting death of Jazmine Barnes who was riding in the vehicle with her family.
On Saturday, an arrest was made in the shooting of the 7-year-old. This was reported by our NBC News affiliate in Houston.
Barnes was traveling with her mother and sisters on Sunday, Dec. 30 for a family trip for coffee. The gunman then drove up to the car and opened fire, according to investigators.
Barnes was fatally shot in the head and her mother, LaPorsha Washington, was wounded in the arm.
Harris County deputies tweeted Saturday that they were interviewing persons of interest in the case.
The Jazmine Barnes Homicide investigation has taken a new direction. Detectives are in the process of interviewing persons of interest. More details will be released as soon as possible. #hounews #JusticeForJazmine pic.twitter.com/iouadEvQHW— HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) January 6, 2019
Investigators identified Eric Black Jr., 20, as a suspect after receiving a tip and Harris County Sheriff’s Office announced early Sunday that Black was charged with capital murder in the death of Barnes.
According to court documents, new details about the investigation were released that stated Black was the driver of the car and that another man, identified by a source as L.W., was in the passenger seat when the shooting occurred.
“The suspects thought the complainant’s vehicle was some other person’s vehicle that they had seen earlier in the night and that they shot the car by mistake.They did not realize the vehicle that they had shot into was the complainant’s vehicle until seeing it on the news later in the day, the source said.”
Deputies say investigators do not believe Jazmine’s family was the intended target of the shooting at this time, and that they were possibly shot as a result of mistaken identity.
Investigators say Black admitted to taking part in the shooting and they are pursuing evidence that could possibly lead to other suspects being charged in this case.
According to the Sheriff’s Office tweet, there will be a news conference about the latest developments in this case at 2 p.m. Sunday.
We will conduct a press briefing on Sunday at 2 pm w/@SheriffEd_HCSO at 1200 Baker Street on the #JusticeforJazmine case. We will live stream on Twitter. #HouNews pic.twitter.com/GqXJwLh1Hm— HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) January 6, 2019