Jazmine Barnes: Second man charged in drive-by shooting

Jazmine Barnes: Second man charged in drive-by shooting

A second suspect has been charged in the shooting death of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office said Larry D. Woodruffe, 24, is the suspected gunman in the drive-by shooting of Jazmine Barnes, who was killed December 30 while driving with her family to the grocery store. Police found six other purses in his auto, and he was charged with three felony counts of robbery, fraudulent possession of ID, and evading arrest. Black was charged with murder on Monday.

Authorities said Black confessed to having a role in the shooting, which was believed to have been a case of mistaken identity in which Black and Woodruffe targeted the wrong vehicle in northeast Houston. Both men were taken into custody on Saturday after police received a tip from activist Shaun King, who said one of his "confidential informants" had identified the suspects.

Barnes' family may have misidentified the assailants because it was dark and the shooting happened quickly, Gonzalez said. Washington and her 6-year-old daughter were injured but Jazmine died at the scene.

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez had initially described Jazmine's killer as a white male in his 40s with a beard, based on witness accounts. Both suspects are black.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Bishop James Dixon of the Community of Faith Church, held a press conference with the Sheriff's Department on Sunday to address how the investigation was progressing and how to move forward. The girl's killing prompted an outpouring of support for her family from celebrities and ordinary people across the country.

More than 2,700 people donated to a GoFundMe set up for Jazmine's funeral expenses and family. In a May Facebook post and tweet, King publicly named and accused a Dallas police officer of sexually assaulting a civil rights attorney during a traffic stop.

Purple was Jazmine's favorite color.

Jazmine, who was 7, was riding in a auto with her mother and sisters on December 30 when someone in another vehicle shot her in the head. Please do not be unhappy just because I'm just outside of sight. "But it is big and it is a celebration and I just want to thank everybody".

"I am grateful to everyone", she said, her arm in a sling from an injury she suffered in the shooting.

Numerous speakers at the funeral said they hoped Jazmine's death would help fuel efforts to combat gun violence.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner spoke at the funeral and called Jazmine "one of our children".

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