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Police reveal shocking reason suspects fired at car that resulted in death of 7-year-old Houston girl

Tragedy compounded

Image source: KTRK-TV screenshot

Houston police over the weekend apprehended two men in the tragic death of Jazmine Barnes, the 7-year-old girl who was shot and killed while riding in the car with her family on the morning of Dec. 30.

Now, we know why the Barnes' family vehicle was the target of gunfire.

What are the details?

If the brutal killing of a beautiful child was not tragic enough, the suspects — 20-year-old Eric Black Jr. and 24-year-old Larry Woodruffe — told homicide investigators they fired at the Barnes vehicle by accident, mistaking it for their intended target, according to KTRK-TV.

The suspects said they only learned of their catastrophic error when they saw on the news that Barnes had been killed.

Black, who has been charged with capital murder, is being held without bail. According to KRTK, Black admitted to driving the car from which Woodruffe allegedly shot at the Barnes family. After his arrest, Black allowed investigators to search his residence, where they located the 9 mm handgun believed to have been used in the crime.

Also, Black told police he was driving a rental car during the attack, not the red truck that police initially thought may have been involved in the crime.

Meanwhile, Woodruffe has not been formally charged with crimes related to Barnes' death. He was arrested on Saturday on an unrelated drug charge, though during his arraignment, the magistrate stated that he was a suspect in a capital murder investigation.

It remains unclear who the intended targets of the attack were.

What else?

Jazmine was a second grader who was on winter break from L.E. Monahan Elementary School in Sheldon ISD. Her funeral is scheduled for Tuesday.

One last thing…
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