Houston PD announced the arrest of two black men 20 and 24, in the death of a seven-year-old who was gunned down in a Walmart parking lot in Texas
Jazmine Barnes, 7, was shot dead in a Walmart parking lot in Houston on December 30
Eric Black Jr and Larry Woodruffe have been arrested in connection with the shooting following a tip off from civil rights activist Shaun King
Investigators arrested Black without incident after receiving the tip and he later allegedly admitted to the shooting
Both men said the ‘shot [was fired] at the WRONG vehicle by mistake’, as it emerges civil rights activist Shaun King passed on the tip that led to his capture
She was in the family’s car with her mother and three siblings when a red pickup truck pulled up next to them and someone started firing inside the vehicle
Black Jr, 20, has been charged with capital murder in the death of Barnes
Police initially released a sketch of a bearded white male suspect, in his 40s, based on descriptions from several witnesses
It is now believed the white man previously described to police as a suspect was simply a bystander trying to escape the shooting
Alleged shooter Eric Black Jr [photo], 20, was arrested without incident in Houston, Texas early Sunday after police received a tip. He reportedly later admitted to being present at the shooting
Police in Houston announced the arrest of a 20-year-old man in the death of a seven-year-old who was gunned down in a Walmart parking lot in Houston, Texas on December 30. Eric Black Jr has been charged with capital murder in the death of Barnes.
A second suspect, Larry Woodruffe, 24 has also been arrested in connection with the shooting. Both suspects are black.
Black Jr and Woodruffe allegedly told authorities they shot at the wrong vehicle by mistake as it emerges civil rights activist Shaun King passed on the tip that led to his capture.
Black initially told investigators he was driving the vehicle from which a passenger opened fire when Jazmine was killed.
7-year-old Jazmine Barnes was killed sitting in the family’s car with her mother and three siblings when a red pickup truck pulled up next to them and someone started firing inside the vehicle
The Barnes family’s lawyer, Lee Merritt, released a copy of Woodruffe’s mugshot on Sunday and said he is ‘believed to be the shooter’.
In contrast to earlier reports that the gunman was a white man driving a red pickup truck, which stirred fears among community activists that this was a race hate crime.
Sheriff Gonzalez said the suspect had admitted to driving a dark-colored SUV that he had rented at the time of the shooting.
Authorities believe the red truck and possible white driver was in the vicinity at the time but fled during the gunfire.