Published: Tue, January 01, 2019
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Gunman fires on vehicle full of girls in Houston, killing child

Gunman fires on vehicle full of girls in Houston, killing child

Editors Note: A previous version of this article stated that Jazmine Barnes was killed while her family was stopped in a Walmart parking lot.

"It's our belief that it was totally unprovoked, whatever it was, and we're leaving no stone unturned".

The woman driver, possibly in a panic, was able to flee the scene in her auto, racing onto the nearby Belt Parkway before coming to rest on the median. "She's not talking.' I turned around and my 7-year-old was shot in the head", Washington said.

The shooter is described as a white male with a beard in his 40s, driving a red pickup truck.

"The family should be celebrating and spending time together anticipating the new year and instead they're making plans to bury this innocent, precious child", Gonzalez said. He intentionally killed my child for no reason. He didn't even know her.

Authorities said three other girls were in the vehicle when the shooting happened.

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The younger girl suffered glass fragment injuries and the teens weren't hurt, but they were "shaken" and "devastated", said Jesse Razo, a major with the sheriff's office. "A total of 5 occupants in the vehicle witnessed this child, their loved one, shot and killed before their eyes".

The girl, whom police have not yet publicly named, was killed around 7am on Sunday in a auto alongside her mother and three sisters as the vehicle exited the Walmart on Wallisville Road in northeast Houston.

It wasn't clear what triggered the shooting.

He added: "It's just a lot of things that's been robbed of me and my family at this moment that we will never be able to get back".

The Sheldon Independent School District identified the girl as a second-grader at the nearby Monahan Elementary School. I don't know what was going on, why he did this.

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