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Houston Deputies Release Sketch of Man Who Allegedly Murdered 7-Year-Old Jazmine Barnes in ‘Random’ Act


Deputies in Houston, Texas have released a sketch of the male suspect in the murder of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes.

In a press conference on Monday, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez called the shooting senseless, unprovoked and seemingly “random.”

“It just seems to be random,” Gonzalez said Monday. “There is nothing to indicate that the family did anything wrong in any way. They were simply just driving along the service road when this happened to them.”

Gonzalez said Jazmine was in a car with her mother and three siblings Sunday morning when a man in a red pickup truck pulled up next to them, and opened fire. Barnes was fatally struck. Her mother sustained a non-life threatening bullet wound to the arm, Gonzalez said. One of Jazmine’s sisters, a 6-year-old, was struck by shattered glass. Authorities at first described the suspect as having a beard.

“Everytime I wake up I want it to be a dream,” Barnes’s mother LaPorsha Washington told CNN while recovering from the hospital. “I want to wake up and see my 7-year-old run through the door and give me a hug and a kiss. It’s all so unreal to me right now.”

She suggested that the shooting could have been motivated by racism and pointed out that there were no tint on her windows, so it was possible to look inside. Barnes and her relatives are black. The suspect is described as white.

Washington called on the suspect to turn himself in.

[Image via Harris County Sheriff’s Office]

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