Sketch, surveillance video released in search for Jazmine Barnes' killer

HOUSTON – Investigators released new surveillance video of a pickup being sought and a sketch of the gunman in connection with the slaying of a 7-year-old girl in east Harris County.

Jazmine Barnes was shot in the head about 7 a.m. Sunday as her family’s vehicle was traveling on the Beltway 8 feeder road at Wallisville Road.

Investigators said a red, four-door pickup pulled alongside the vehicle and someone in the truck began firing. The shooter was initially described by investigators as a bearded white man, possibly in his 40s, who was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, but Thursday afternoon the family clarified the description.  They said the man had stubble, like a 5 o’clock shadow, and was wearing a black hoodie. 

A police sketch shows the man accused in the shooting death of Jazmine Barnes.

During a news conference Thursday afternoon, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez expressed condolences to the family as some of the latest details in the case were released to journalists.

"We’re not going to rest until there is justice for Jazmine," Gonzalez said.

As an enhanced image of the gunman's truck and first sketch of his face has been released, Gonzalez said all kinds of resources are being used to find the man who killed Barnes, with assistance at the local, state and federal levels.

“We’re continuing to proceed with different strategies to try to find this coward of a killer, this person who does not need to be on the streets,” Gonzalez said.


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