Manhunt Underway After Suspect Fired Into Vehicle, Killing 7-Year-Old Girl

Manhunt Underway After Suspect Fired Into Vehicle, Killing 7-Year-Old Girl

Manhunt Underway After Suspect Fired Into Vehicle, Killing 7-Year-Old Girl

Jazmine Barnes, 7, was reportedly riding in a vehicle with her mother and three sisters around 7:00 a.m. local time Sunday when the suspected gunman abruptly pulled up beside them in a pickup truck and began shooting.

According the Harris County Sheriff's Office, a woman was driving out of a store parking lot near Wallisville Road and Beltway 8 when a man in a pickup truck pulled up next to her vehicle and began firing inside.

The 7-year-old girl's mother was also struck in the arm and taken to the hospital. Another girl was injured by shattered glass, and two sisters were unharmed.

Washington said she tried to protect Barnes and told the other girls to get down. Razo said the other girls inside the vehicle were "shaken" and "devastated". He is described as a bearded white male, possibly in his 40s, who was wearing a red hoodie, according to the sheriff's office.

The suspect is still on the run in a red pickup truck that fled the scene.

Christopher Cevilla, father of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes, speaks during a news conference, Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, in Houston. An arrest hadn't been made as of Sunday night. "So senseless. It's never easy, and extra hard during the holiday season", Gonzalez tweeted.

The suspect, who was still at large as of Sunday morning, "is considered armed and unsafe", Razo told reporters.

It wasn't clear what triggered the shooting.

Razo added that investigators planned to review surveillance videos from the entire area.

"We are going to use all resources available to bring this killer to justice", Razo said.

Gonzalez urged the suspect to turn himself in.

"Because we will be looking for you, we will locate you, we will find you", Razo said.

The 7-year-old was killed instantly.

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