Authorities in Texas on Monday were hunting for a gunman who killed a 7-year-old girl outside a Houston-area Walmart.
30-year-old LaPorsha Washington was trying to move out of the Walmart parking lot with her four children in the auto around 7 a.m. when an unknown assailant in a red truck pulled up and fired shots into Washington's vehicle.
"So senseless. It's never easy, and extra hard during the holiday season", Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tweeted on December 30. He said her mother, 30-year-old LaPorsha Washington, was shot in the arm but survived her injury.
Washington said she tried to protect Barnes and told the other girls to get down.
Investigators said they are still trying to determine a motive for the shooting.
The gunman was described as a bearded man in his 40s wearing a red hoodie.
The woman driver, possibly in a panic, was able to flee the scene in her vehicle, racing onto the nearby Belt Parkway before coming to rest on the median.
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"Please keep this family in your prayers", Gonzalez tweeted Sunday night. A total of 5 occupants in the vehicle witnessed this innocent child, their loved one, shot and killed before their eyes.
"They're devastated", Razo told reporters. The two were victims of a drive-by shooting Sunday morning on the Beltway 8 near Wallisville.
Update 12/31/2018: The identity of the 7-year-old girl who was fatally shot outside of a Houston Walmart was revealed as Jazmine Barnes.
He urged the suspect to surrender.
"Someone who does something like that will eventually talk about it, and we need anyone with information to come forward", said Razo.
Jazmine died at the scene, her mother suffered a gunshot wound to the arm and her 6-year-old sister was injured by shattered glass.