Gunman fires on car in Houston area, killing 7-year-old girl

Texas

HOUSTON (AP) — A man in a pickup truck pulled up next to a car that was leaving a Houston-area Walmart parking lot and started shooting, killing a 7-year-old girl inside the car and wounding the girl’s mother, authorities said Sunday.

Three other girls were in the car, but it wasn’t immediately clear if they also are related to the woman, who authorities say was shot in the arm.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said in posts on Twitter and Facebook that the girl who died was 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes. He said her mother, 30-year-old LaPorsha Washington, was wounded but survived her injury and her sister was hurt by shattered glass.

It wasn’t immediately clear what prompted the Sunday morning shooting. An arrest hadn’t been made as of Monday.

The red pickup fled the scene after the shooting. The car also sped away before it came to a stop and the woman called 911, authorities said.

Sheriff’s Maj. Jesse Razo said the other girls who were inside the car when the shooting happened were “shaken” and “devastated.”

“We’re going to use all resources available to bring this killer to justice,” Razo told reporters at the scene. “And I urge you, whoever did this, you know who you are, please turn yourself in now because we will be looking for you, we will locate you, we will find you.”

Investigators say they have an image from surveillance video of a pickup whose driver fired several shots into a car carrying a family, killing a 7-year-old girl and wounding the child’s mother.

Harris County sheriff’s Lt. Christopher Sandoval told reporters Monday that the image of the red, four-door pickup was captured shortly before the shooting occurred Sunday morning.

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez declined to speculate on what prompted the driver of the pickup to pull alongside and fire into the car carrying Jazmine Barnes, three of her sisters and her mother.

Gonzalez described the shooting as “totally unprovoked.”

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