HOUSTON - A black man was arrested and charged with murder in the killing of a 7-year-old black girl in a drive-by shooting in Houston that her family believed was racially motivated but that prosecutors said Sunday was a case of mistaken identity.
Eric Black Jr, 20, has admitted involvement in the shooting and been charged with murder, Harris County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. Investigators identified Black as a suspect after receiving a tip, the office said in a statement.
However, both men police apprehended are black.
Investigators believe the attack on Jazmine's family could have been the result of mistaken identity. 'Investigators are continuing to pursue evidence that could possibly lead to other suspects being charged in this case'.
The news station says it has spoken to "multiple sources" who say "a suspect is in custody" with a second suspect possible.
"I am grateful to our dedicated investigators, the partner law enforcement agencies that provided vital assistance, and tipsters from across the nation who pulled together to support our work to get justice for Jazmine", he said.
He is being held in the Harris County Jail. Her mother, who was also struck in the shooting, was treated for an injury to her arm.
The case attracted nationwide attention.
Jazmine's mother expressed shock that her daughter was killed.
Investigators say he pulled up alongside the auto Jazmine Barnes was riding in with her family Sunday and fired into the vehicle in the eastern outskirts of Houston.
The driver of a red pickup truck pulled alongside the vehicle and fired inside, killing her on Sunday December 30.
The Harris County Texas Sheriff's Office in bringing forward its capital murder charge against Black, initially arrested the man following the department receiving a tip.
But during a court hearing early Sunday, prosecutors said Black admitted to investigators that he was driving a vehicle in which a passenger opened fire on the auto Jazmine was in.
Late Saturday, the sheriff's office said on Twitter that the investigation had "taken a new direction". And NASA helped enhance this security video of the red truck the suspect was driving.
No money can make up for the loss of a child, but National Football League star DeAndre Hopkins says he hopes the donation of his playoff game check to the family of Jazmine Barnes will show how much the community supports them. "We want love to rise up", said Bishop E.L. Usher, the pastor at the church attended by Jazmine's father.
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee called for a nationwide manhunt for the suspect, who has been described as a bearded white man, possibly in his forties. Her funeral is set for Tuesday.