Police Release Sketch Of Suspect & Surveillance Video In Jazmine Barnes Case
There has been an outpouring of celebrity support in the case of the tragic shooting of seven-year-old Jazmine Barnes.
WALLISVILLE, TX — Texas police have released a composite sketch of a suspect wanted in connection with the shooting death of seven-year-old Jazmine Barnes.
Barnes was fatally shot at around 7 A.M. on Sunday when she was riding in a car with her mother and sisters as the family left a Walmart parking lot.
The sketch was compiled from descriptions given by Jazmine’s mother and sisters.
Authorities said a man in a red or maroon pickup drove up next to the family at a red light and opened fire.
The sketch shows a white man in his 40s with a five o’clock shadow. He was driving a red, extended-cab pickup.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office also released an enhanced surveillance video of the suspect’s pickup truck.
Jazmine’s mother LaPorsha Washington suffered a gunshot wound to the arm during the incident. “I didn’t even hear the first gunshot. All I remember is my glass shattering on my window, and then I heard the shots go off,” Washington, 30, told CNN.
After Jazmine’s 15-year-old sister Alexis called Jazmine’s name, according to Washington, she realized that her daughter had been hit. She said: “She was leaned over on the door and blood was everywhere.”
Washington said she made a U-turn and frantically drove down the Sam Houston Tollway toward the hospital.
When her tire began to deflate, Washington said she told Alexis and Jazmine's six-year-old sister to go get help. The two girls then tried to flag down drivers on the freeway.
Alexis said: “Me and my sister got out the car and we just started, like, shouting for somebody to come and nobody was stopping. Everybody just kept passing us by.”
Finally, someone passing by stopped and called 911.
Police have not yet released information about a possible motive, but Washington said she suspects the attack may have been racially motivated.
“I don’t have tinted windows, and that man pulled up slowly next to me before shooting. He knew what he was doing, and he knew who was in the car,” she said.
“I just want anybody, whoever, out there that knows anything about the murder of my daughter, to just please step up as if it was your own,” Jazmine’s father Christopher Cevilla told reporters. “Just put yourself in my shoes, in my family’s shoes.”
Even for officers accustomed to horrific crimes, Jazmine’s death has had a profound personal impact. “We’re not going to rest until we find justice for Jazmine,” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told reporters.
As police search for the suspect, people around the nation have poured out their support for the family on social media.
Journalist Shaun king has announced that a $100,000 reward is available for information leading to the arrest of the killer.
Many celebrities have also taken to social media to voice their outrage and offer to help the family.
Shaquille O'Neal and a police officer in Houston joined forces to pay for Jazmine’s funeral, according to NBC.
And Houston Texans player DeAndre Hopkins has announced that he is donating this week's game check to the victim's family.