Update: HCSO now says the driver of the red pickup is a witness, but they still want him to come forth, as he may be able to shed further light of what happened. https://cypressnewsrev.wpengine.com/sheriff-update-on-justiceforjazmine/

Update: Law enforcement officers have made their first arrest in this case. Click here for the latest: https://cypressnewsrev.wpengine.com/capital-murder-charge-filed-in-jazmine-barnes-investigation/

HARRIS COUNTY – Harris County Sheriff’s Office Homicide investigators today released a sketch of the man suspected in the (update Jan. 6, 2019) thought to be a witness of the Dec. 30 shooting death of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes.

The sketch was created based on a description provided by members of Jazmine’s family. The suspect driving a red, four-door pickup when he opened fire on the family vehicle at approximately 6:50 a.m. on the southbound E. Sam Houston Parkway frontage road just south of Wallisville Road.

According to witnesses, Jazmine was in a four-door Dodge passenger car with her mother and three sisters when the driver of the suspect pickup truck fired multiple gunshots into the family’s car.

Jazmine was shot and killed, and her mother, who was driving, was wounded.

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

A substantial financial reward is being offered to anyone who is able to provide information that leads to the arrest of a suspect.

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.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is grateful for the assistance that many partner agencies have contributed to this high-priority murder investigation. Those agencies include, but are not limited to: the Federal Bureau of Investigations; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; NASA; the Texas Department of Public Safety; and the Houston Police Department.

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