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This is just SICK!
Just a few days before the new year kicked in, a family is left to grieve the loss of their 7-year-old baby girl, Jazmine Barnes. A gunman in Texas driving a red pick up truck drove up to the car she was in with her family and began shooting.
Jazmine’s mother was in the car with her four daughters, going to Walmart. When the man opened fire, he fatally shot Jazmine and injured her mother and sisters. Police describe the killer as a bearded white male in his 40’s.
This horrific story has received national attention and caught the eye of activist Shaun King and civil rights lawyer Lee Merritt. Shaun has raised over $100,000 for information leading to the man who took an innocent 7-year-old’s life away.
During a news conference on Wed (Jan. 2), Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said, “we still don’t have any linkage to this family, so it still seems random.” Take a look at the news converage:
This is Jasmine Barnes:
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BREAKING!!! We are learning new information that may give some context to the senseless shooting of #JazmineBarnes! We are offering $35,000.00 to whoever can turn this shooter in. This may not be his first time striking. Seven-year-old #JazmineBarnes was killed in an unprovoked ambush by a white man in a pickup truck Sunday in an incident that I’m starting to believe may have not been so random. 1. This isn’t the first time that a black family was ambushed by an unknown white male. The exact same thing happened on August 30, 2017 to A’Vonta Williams and his girlfriend’s grandmother. 2. The previous shooter was white male in a silver pickup truck and he is still at large. 3. The shootings occurred in the exact same stretch of highway adjacent to the same Wal-Mart located in Humble,TX off Loop 8 and Wallisville. 4. Activists who pushed the Sheriff’s department to investigate that shooting said at least one more similar shooting took place in the area not long before the August 2017 shooting. https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Harris-County-Sheriff-to-visit-man-who-says-his-12395019.php
Here is Shaun King’s Twitter post:
Rally on Saturday.
Funeral on Tuesday.
We should not have to be doing any of this, but here we are.
Our reward for the arrest of the killer of 7 year old Jazmine Barnes is now $100,000.
— Shaun King (@shaunking) January 3, 2019
Here is the red pick up truck police believe the shooter was in:
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SICK WORLD: In Houston, a man in a red pick up truck drove up next to another car that was leaving a Walmart and started shooting. The psycho man killed an innocent 7-year-old girl, Jazmine Barnes, and shot her mother in the arm while they were in the car. The man driving the truck sped off before authorities arrived. Police describe the killer a white male in his 40s. Our hearts & prayers are with Jazmine Barnes’ family. ❤️