Man charged with murder in Houston girl's death

Fireball lights up Texas skies and rattles a few homes

US Police Release Sketch, New Surveillance Footage of 7-Year-Old's Killer

Authorities charged Eric Black Jr.in the death, saying it appears to be the result of mistaken identities and that the family was not the intended targets of the gunfire on December 30. Washington, the mother, told reporters that the shooter was a white man with blue eyes who was so skinny that he looked "sick".

"Y'all giving them so much strength", Washington said. Jazmine's mother, LaPorsha Washington, was driving with the children and was shot in the arm. He also noted that it was dark out at the time.

The statement from Harris County Sheriff's Office said Eric Black had been arrested as the result of a tip-off.

Investigators say have not yet determined a motive, including whether race might have played a role.

According to the affidavit, Black said the weapon used in the shooting was at his home and gave officers permission to search for it. Officers found a 9mm pistol at the home that was consistent with shell casings recovered from the scene.

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Gonzalez said authorities have identified two suspects and that both are African-American.

It took police in Texas a week to locate and arrest the prime suspect in the merciless killing of 7-year old Jazmine Barnes. Police have not said anything about a second arrest.

But Black, the man facing a charge of capital murder, is 20 years old and black. A white man in a red pickup truck pulled up beside the vehicle and opened fire, police said. They've worked on several cases together over the years, including the killing of Antwon Rose II, a black teenager killed by police outside Pittsburgh in June. Authorities said the sketch depicted a white man in his 40s.

"We still want that individual to come forward, as it appears this was a case of mistaken identity", Gonzalez said Sunday.

Some activists and the family, who are black, believed the unprovoked nature of the crime in a part of Harris county known for racial tensions pointed to the possibility of a racially motivated attack. A 2nd suspect Larry Woodruffe, 24 is believed to be the shooter.

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

"I have no tint on my windows or anything so you can see there is a mother - a black mother - with daughters, attractive children", Washington told CNN while police were searching for a suspect.

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

Investigators say he pulled up alongside the auto Jazmine Barnes was riding in with her family Sunday and fired into the vehicle in the eastern outskirts of Houston.

The shooting occurred on the 15400 block of Wallisville in Harris County in the Walmart parking lot. The post did not elaborate, and the sheriff's office did not immediately respond to phone messages.

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Hundreds of people rallied in support of the Barnes family this weekend.

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