7-Year-Old Jazmine Barnes Murder Suspect Charged

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A 20-year old man has been charged with the murder of seven-year-old Jazmine Barnes from Houston, Texas, who was shot in the head last month while travelling in a auto with her family.

After almost a week of investigating, the Harris County Sheriff's Office announced the charge early Sunday morning against 20-year-old Eric Black Jr.

Police have said they are looking into various leads after a composite sketch of the alleged gunman was released on Thursday. Black is a 20-year-old African-American man.

"I am told that Larry Woodruffe and Eric Black Jr. shot & killed Jazmine Barnes in drive by shooting, believing they were shooting someone else from a rival gang that had nothing to do with Jazmine Barnes".

Investigators were continuing to "pursue evidence that could possibly lead to other suspects being charged", the statement said.

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Hopkins has said he supports social activist Shaun King, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner in bringing the shooter to justice.

Jazmine, who was in second grade, had said she wanted to be a teacher when she grew up and was already practicing as she kept her 6-year-old sister in line. A pickup drove alongside their vehicle and shots were fired into Washington's auto, hitting her in the arm and fatally striking Jazmine.

Since then, the Texas girl's senseless death has garnered nationwide attention.

A $100,000 reward has been offered for information on Jazmine's killer.

Jazmine was shot in the head on December 30 while in a auto with her mother and three sisters when their auto was hit by bullets shot from another vehicle.

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Police said Ms Washington, Jazmine and her three sisters were in the vehicle near a Houston-area Walmart store on 30 December when a red pick-up truck pulled alongside them and a man inside opened fire.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee called for a nationwide manhunt for the suspect, who has been described as a bearded white man, possibly in his forties. Another man who was arrested but has not been publicly identified is also black, Jazmine's mother told CNN affiliate KTRK.

Jazmine's killing prompted an outpouring of support for her family from celebrities and ordinary people across the country. The funeral is set for Tuesday.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office tweeted Saturday night that the investigation had "taken a new direction".

The Harris County Texas Sheriff's Office in bringing forward its capital murder charge against Black, initially arrested the man following the department receiving a tip. "It's upon us as a community, as leaders, as just our humanity to find justice for Jazmine". They scheduled a 2 p.m. press conference.

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