Prosecutors: Girl killed mistakenly

Jazmine Barnes, 7-year-old shot and killed by drive-by gunman in Houston, Texas Photo: Family Photo via MGN.
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HOUSTON (AP) -- Authorities have charged a 20-year-old black man in the death of 7-year-old black girl in what prosecutors are saying was a case of mistaken identity.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez cautioned Sunday that authorities are still investigating the Dec. 30 shooting of Jazmine Barnes, but said it seems to be a case involving mistaken identity. He says, "At this point, it does not appear it was related to race."

The family of Jazmine Barnes had believed her death had been racially motivated. They had identified a white man in a red truck as the shooter.

But during a court hearing early Sunday, prosecutors said Eric Black Jr. admitted to investigators he was driving a dark-colored Kia SUV when a passenger in his vehicle identified as "Larry" opened fire on the car with Jazmine.

Prosecutors say a confidential source told the Harris County Sheriff's Office the suspects had "shot the car by mistake."

Black has been charged with capital murder. Gonzalez would not say whether the second suspect is in custody.

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