A New York civil rights activist and writer is offering $35,000 for information that leads to the capture of a man who shot and killed a 7-year-old girl on Sunday at a Houston, Texas, Walmart.
Click 2 Houston reports that Shaun King took to Twitter to announce the award after Jazmine Barnes lost her life early Sunday morning as her mother drove near the Walmart off of the 15400 block of Wallisville. The little girl’s mother, 30-year-old LaPorsha Washington, was in the car with her four daughters, ranging in ages from six to 16, when an unknown man pulled up to her car and started shooting.
A bullet hit Washington in the arm and also struck two of her children, a 6-year-old daughter and Jazmine. Washington and her 6-year-old are expected to be OK, but Jazmine died almost instantly after a bullet reportedly hit her in the head.
Listen. I have $35,000 in cash for the person who turns in the murderer of 7 year old Jazmine Barnes.
You can contact me confidentially. And I can give you the money without anyone knowing it was you.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. pic.twitter.com/PDUsgUyHLU
— Shaun King (@shaunking) January 1, 2019
“Listen. I have $35,000 in cash for the person who turns in the murderer of 7 year old Jazmine Barnes,” King said on Twitter. “You can contact me confidentially. And I can give you the money without anyone knowing it was you. Contact me at email@example.com or the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.”
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Washington told ABC that the shooter appeared out of nowhere as she was out getting coffee. Family members were in town to celebrate the holidays; Washington and her girls were blindsided and shot at before she could make it back home.
“As I turned around and looked back at the street, I heard shots start firing and they came through my window, broke my glass, and hit me in my arm. They sped off in front of us and the truck slowed down and continued to fire as he was in front of us. It was not fair. It was not fair. He intentionally killed my child for no reason. He didn’t even know her, he didn’t know who she was.”
THE BIGGEST QUESTION SURROUNDING THE MURDER OF #JazmineBarnes ::: why? Why would someone shoot up a car full of girls on a Sunday morning. Mom LaPorsha Washington can't wrap her head around it. #khou11 pic.twitter.com/WL74WTWR3t
— Melissa Correa (@KHOUmelissa) January 1, 2019
Washington immediately began driving toward the hospital when one of her children told her that Jazmine wasn’t moving.
“She said, ‘Momma, Jazmine’s not moving. She’s not talking.’ I turned around and my 7-year-old was shot in the head.”
Jazmine’s father, Christopher Cevilla, wasn’t there when his little girl got shot, but he’s pleading for anyone with any information to come forward, according to CNN.
“I just want anybody, whoever, out there that knows anything about the murder of my daughter, to just please step up as if it was your own,” Cevilla told reporters on Monday. “Just put yourself in my shoes, in my family’s shoes.”
Sheriff Ed Gonzalez with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said he felt the attack was unprovoked and there’s nothing that shows the family did anything to prompt the shooting.
“It’s our belief that it was totally unprovoked, whatever it was, and we’re leaving no stone unturned. We’re going to leave every motive out there as a possibility. There was nothing to indicate that the family did anything wrong in any way. They were simply just driving along the service road when this happened to them.”
The suspect fled the scene in a 4-door red truck with no license plate. Police said the suspect, who wore a red hoodie during the attack, is described as a white male with a beard who appeared to be in his 40s.
“We’re going to use all resources available to bring this killer to justice,” Major Jesse Razo said while at the scene. “And I urge you, whoever did this, you know who you are. Please turn yourself in now – because we will be looking for you, we will locate you, we will find you.”
Jazmine was a 2nd grade student at Monahan Elementary School. Her school was less than two miles from there area where she died.
Anyone with information is urged to call 911 or Crime Stoppers at (713) 222-TIPS. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous.
The story is developing. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
[Feature Photo: Jazmine Brown/Handout]