7-year-old Jazmine Barnes was killed after walking out of a Walmart in Houston, Texas with her mother. Her murderer is still at large.
LaPorsha Washington, who is Jazmine’s mother, told local media that she and her 7-year-old daughter were shot at random by a man driving a red pickup truck on December 30, 2018. While Washington was shot in the arm, Barnes was apparently shot in the head.
“It was not fair. It was not fair. He intentionally killed my child for no reason. He didn’t even know her, he didn’t know who she was,” Washington said.
The shooting itself took place on Wallisville Rd. near the East Sam Houston Parkway, and police are urging residents to check any security camera footage they may have in order to capture the shooter.
“I didn’t do anything. I didn’t make a wrong turn, I didn’t get in his lane … he fired off on her for no reason,” Washington said through tears in her hospital bed.
The mother of #JazmineBarnes on the fatal shooting of her 7-year old daughter. Killer pulled up to the family in his red truck and fired shots directly into their car. Jazmine died at the scene. Dec 30. Houston. Murderer is a white male, 40s and is still at large. #SayHerName pic.twitter.com/OlDWJ0DPOO
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) January 2, 2019
While police have not stated if they have any leads in the case, Intercept columnist Shaun King recently tweeted that “several credible eyewitnesses” have provided “essential new information,” which he has passed onto the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. All that’s currently known about the shooter is that, according to King, he’s a white man in his forties.
King is personally offering a reward of $50,000 to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest of the shooter, and has promised anonymity.
UPDATE: I have now located several credible eyewitnesses with essential new information and have screened them and passed them on to @SheriffEd_HCSO.
It’s not enough, but gives us many more details.
Our reward is now $50,000. #JusticeForJazmine
Email me at email@example.com pic.twitter.com/aH9pLinB4E
— Shaun King (@shaunking) January 2, 2019
In the meantime, Barnes’ family has launched a GoFundMe to help pay for family expenses as they cope with the loss of their 7-year-old daughter. As of this writing, the GoFundMe has already raised more than $22,000 — surpassing its original goal of $6,500.
“I hope and pray for my family to find peace and justice for our loss. I could never imagine the day of losing one of my own children let alone the youngest of my 8 in such a selfish and sensless[sic] way,” the fundraiser reads. “I ask that family or friends that are able too please help and find it in yall heart to donate to this go fund me to help with any expenses that our family may need during this tragedy. Rest In Heaven Jazmine our beautiful princess we love you and miss you!”
“I swear to God that I will not stop until I find this man,” King tweeted. “I need his family, neighbors, and everyone connected to him to know that I will search every inch of their lives too until I find him and he is held accountable. This will not be safe for them.”
Carl Gibson is a politics contributor for Grit Post. His work has previously been published in The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Houston Chronicle, Al-Jazeera America, and NPR, among others. Follow him on Twitter @crgibs or send him an email at carl at gritpost dot com.