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Manhunt underway after suspect fired into vehicle, killing 7-year-old girl

01 January, 2019, 12:14 | Author: Ted Wilson
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Three other girls were in the auto at the time of the shooting, according to the AP.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez identified the shooter as "a white male, 40s, a beard", in a Twitter post. A 7-year-old girl was killed instantly. He said her mother, 30-year-old LaPorsha Washington, was wounded but survived her injury. He says three other girls ages 15 and younger were also in the vehicle at the time.

According the Harris County Sheriff's Office, a woman was driving out of a store parking lot near Wallisville Road and Beltway 8 when a man in a pickup truck pulled up next to her vehicle and began firing inside.

Jazmine's father, Christopher Cevilla, who appeared with Gonzalez at Monday's news briefing, pleaded with the public to provide relevant tips to authorities so that an arrest can be made.

The Sheriff's Office described the vehicle as a red, four-door pickup.

Investigators said they don't know what led to the shooting. "So senseless. It's never easy, and extra hard during the holiday season", Gonzalez tweeted.

The suspect was wearing a red hoodie and fled in a red pickup truck with no plates, officials said.

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Jesse Razo told reporters on Sunday.

It also wasn't immediately clear what prompted the shooting Sunday morning.

Razo said his department will continue to investigate the incident and "use all of our resources to bring this killer to justice".

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

Homicide detectives were scouring the area and checking surveillance video for clues.

"Because we will be looking for you, we will locate you, we will find you", Razo said.

Gonzalez urged the suspect to turn himself in.

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