I've seen a few headlines about over the last week or so. Looked like it was turning from a tragic local headline into a national news story because at the time it was reported that the gunman was white, while the victim was black. Here's a story about it in Vox, dated Jan. 5th:
Why the death of a 7-year-old black girl became a national story about race and violence
Jazmine Barnes was killed when a white man fired into her family’s car. Her family believes the attack was racially motivated.
By P.R. Lockhart Jan 5, 2019, 8:00am EST
It’s been nearly one week since Jazmine Barnes, a 7-year-old black girl, was killed when a white gunman fired into her mother’s car on December 30. As the hunt for the shooter continues, Barnes’s family and others have argued that the attack and her murder must be addressed as an act of racism.
On Thursday, the Harris County Sheriff’s office, which is leading the investigation into the Houston shooting, released a sketch of the gunman, who fled the scene of the crime. “We will not rest until an arrest is made. We are going to continue to search for this killer,” Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told reporters.
So that's how the story was being reported a couple of days ago, or maybe yesterday. Well, now police say they've found their man.The search for the suspect is ongoing, and community members have been asked to come forward if they have any information about his identity and whereabouts. Meanwhile, Barnes’s murder has captured national attention. Shaun King, a writer and activist, and Lee Merritt, a civil rights attorney working with Barnes’s family, have offered up a $100,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest. And a GoFundMe account set up to cover the costs of Barnes’s upcoming funeral has already exceeded its goal, pulling in close to $60,000 in four days.
Barnes’s death has resonated with so many not just because of her youth, but also because of what the nature of the attack — a white man shooting through a car window at a black family — may say about the state of racism in America.
Barnes’s family has argued that the shooting was racially motivated, and local activists say that it’s possible Barnes’s death is connected to a 2017 shooting that took place just six miles away. In that incident, a black man, A’Vonta Williams, and his then-girlfriend’s grandmother, were shot after a man driving a pickup truck fired into their car. The shooter was never found and the case remains unsolved.
In regards to Barnes’s case, Merritt, the civil rights attorney, has no doubt that the family was targeted because they were black. “We want to emphasize the racial nature of the attack and that hate-crime charges are appropriate,” he told the Washington Post this week.
Though law enforcement officials in Harris County say they haven’t yet found a connection between the 2017 shooting and Barnes’s death, and have shied away from making any comments about the shooter’s possible motive, police say that they are not ruling anything out.
As the case continues to unfold, it’s clear that Barnes’s death has sparked new conversations about racism in America, and called attention to the specific ways it acts on black bodies — and black women and girls in particular.
Jazmine Barnes shooting: Texas police charge Eric Black Jr with murder (BBC)
"Could have been the result of mistaken identity". Sounds like typical gang-warfare shit.US police have charged a man in connection with the drive-by shooting of a seven-year-old girl in Texas.
Jazmine Barnes was shot dead while in her family's car near Houston last month.
Eric Black Jr, 20, has admitted involvement in the shooting and been charged with murder, Harris County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.
Investigators believe the attack on Jazmine's family could have been the result of mistaken identity.
Jazmine's mother, LaPorsha Washington, was also shot and injured. Three other children were in the car at the time.
A composite sketch of the suspect released last week showed a white male believed to be in his 30s or 40s. Eric Black is black, but police say other suspects could be involved.
Campaigners had feared the shooting, on an African-American family, may have been racially motivated.
The "campaigners" must be so disappointed.
How did the shooting happen?
Police said Ms Washington, Jazmine and her three sisters were in the car near a Houston-area Walmart store on 30 December when a red pick-up truck pulled alongside them and a man inside opened fire.
Jazmine was struck in the head by a bullet and died at the scene.
The case caused widespread outrage and celebrities joined an appeal to find Jazmine's killer using the hashtag #JusticeForJazmine. A rally in Houston on Saturday attracted about 1,000 people.