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.
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
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
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
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.
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.