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Shooting with Jazmine Barnes: Police arrest a suspect in a possible case of false identity.



Eric Black Jr. is killed for murdering Jazmine's death. Second grader drove with her mother and three sisters in a car when she was shot in the head on the morning of December 30.

Prior to the arrest, the police had released a sketch of the suspect that had been compiled from the descriptions of Jazmine's mother and Jazmine's three sisters. Authorities said the sketch depicts a white man in his 40s.

S. Lee Merritt, a lawyer advising the Barnes family, said the arrest was "a welcome message for the family."

"At the same time, it was a big shock to the family," Merritt told CNN Sunday morning. "Until then, at least four independent witnesses and a composite sketch had identified the main suspect as a 40-year-old white man."

While it may be difficult to understand the discrepancy, "it is conceivable that witnesses may confuse a passing viewer to the actual shooter," Tweeted Merritt.

A Possible Case of False Identity

  Jazmine Barnes was second grader at Monahan Elementary School in Houston.

Shortly after Jazmine was killed, both the sheriff's office and Jazmine's mother said the shooting did not seem provoked. As the suspect escaped the authorities, so did the motive.

Now the authorities say the gunman tried to shoot another.

"At this point, the investigators do not believe that Jazmine's family was the intended target of the shootout and that they may have been shot for false identity," the sheriff's office said.

"Investigators continue to pursue evidence that could potentially result in other suspects being charged in this case."

How a morning coffee run became tragic

  Jazmin's mother describes the moments after the shooting

On the morning of Jazmine's death, she and her sisters always sat in her pajamas when her mother drove to Joe V's Smart Shop to get supplies for breakfast.

At seven o'clock in the morning, a man drove up beside her car and opened fire, Jazmin's mother, LaPorsha Washington, said.

The 30-year-old Washington was shot in the arm while Jazmine's 6-year-old sister was hit by broken glass. Jazmine's two teenage sisters were not injured.

But minutes later, Jazmine was declared dead.

An Outbreak of Assistance

Hundreds of mourners gathered Saturday in front of the Walmart near Jazmine.

Washington, still recovering from a gunshot wound, thanked everyone who came to honor their daughter. She said Jazmine was celebrating her birthday next month.

"I tell you, every time I see one of you reach for me, I can hold my head," she said. "I can get up in the morning."

The tragedy of Jazmin's death has nationwide repercussions.

Over 2700 people donated to a GoFundMe, which was used for Jazmin's funeral expenses and family. Houston Texans recipient DeAndre Hopkins said he will donate the playoff check to the family.

Jazmine will also be remembered on Tuesday during a "Justice for Jazmine Barnes Community Rally" honoring "all murdered victims in Houston / Harris County," said the organizers.

Services for Jazmine are expected to begin at 10:00 am on Tuesday with a tour of the Green House International Church. Her funeral is at noon. Mourners plan to release purple balloons – Jazmine's favorite color.

Kaylee Hartung and Ray Sanchez of CNN contributed to this report.


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