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Sheriff Gonzalez Releases Sketch Of Man Who Killed Jazmine Barnes And Video Of Truck

The suspected shooter is described as a thinly built white man in his 30’s or 40’s. Investigators believe he wore a black hooded sweatshirt at the time of the shooting.

Harris County Sheriff's Office
Sketch of the man believed to have killed 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes in the Houston area on December 30, 2018.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez released Thursday a sketch of the man who fatally shot 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes on December 30 and video of the red or maroon pick-up truck he drove.

The fatal shooting occurred around 6:50 a.m. on the south bound of E. Sam Houston Parkway frontage road, just south of Wallisville Road.

The sketch was created based on a description provided by members of Barnes’ family.

The suspected shooter is described as a thinly built white man, possibly in his 30's or 40's, who was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt at the time of the shooting.

Initially, the man was described to have a beard, but the sketch shows what Gonzalez called a “five o’clock shadow.” He added it's possible that by now the man has shaved or grown a mustache.

The Sheriff also underlined the suspect has been described as a white man, but it's also possible he is a “light skinned” Hispanic male.

Gonzalez said the video shows a location that’s “in very close proximity” to where the shooting took place. He also noted one of the challenges is that the video is dark because it was recorded early in the morning.

Dallas-based civil rights attorney Lee Merritt was at the media availability Gonzalez held to release the sketch and the video. He said Barnes' family believes the shooter is “a very thin person” with “pale skin” and “blue eyes.”

He added he thinks the shooting was racially motivated “in part because our nation at this moment is a highly racially charged society” and referenced FBI data that indicate there has been an increase in hate crimes in the United States.

The Sheriff's Office has established a command post in the area where the shooting took place, in the east section of Harris County. Gonzalez said the purpose of the command post is to “coordinate operations out there, more directly out in the field” and noted that additional patrols have been deployed in the area.

Before Gonzalez held his media availability, LaPorsha Washington, Barnes’ mother, made a public statement saying she's overwhelmed by the support from the local community and across the country.

Washington, who was wounded in the shooting, said is hopeful that a rally planned for this weekend could result in new tips and called on the shooter to turn himself in because she knows he's hurting over what he did and the only way he can find peace is by doing “the right thing.”

The FBI and the ATF, as well as the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Houston Police Department, are assisting the Sheriff’s Office in the investigation. Additionally, NASA helped enhance the video released Thursday.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-TIPS, or the Harris County Sheriff's Office at 713-221-6000.

You can watch the video of the truck believed to be driven by the shooter here:

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