Police Identify Jazmine Barnes Murderer In New Sketch
Law enforcement is still on the hunt for the shooter who killed 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes on Sunday (Dec. 30, 2018). In hopes of locating a suspect, the Houston County Sheriff's Office has released a composite sketch of a man wanted in the recent murder.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzales described the suspect in a press conference on Thursday (Jan. 3). The alleged shooter is a thin, white man in his 30s or 40s. He has pale skin, blue eyes, and a beard that "looks more like a 5-o'clock shadow," Gonzales noted. He was believed to be wearing a black hoodie at the time of the shooting.
As previously reported, Jazmine Barnes was fatally shot while passing a Walmart in Houston. She was reportedly riding in the car with her mother and three siblings when the gunman fired several shots into the vehicle. Witnesses claimed they saw a red pickup truck leaving the scene.
Police have not determined whether the crime was racially motivated or done in an act of rage. "Motive, to us at this point, almost becomes a secondary thing," Gonzales noted. "It's a whodunit right now. So once I determine who did it, and where this vehicle is, then we'll understand motive a little bit better."
A $100,000 reward has been offered to anyone with knowledge of the shooting. Gonzalez asks that anyone with information about the suspect call the sheriff's office at 713-221-6000 to help "find this coward of a killer, this person that does not need to be on our streets."
Take a look at the sketch of Jazmine Barnes' alleged shooter below.