Houston wins praise for handling of girl's drive-by shooting

1 year 7 months 2 days ago Sunday, January 06 2019 Jan 6, 2019 January 06, 2019 10:12 PM January 06, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

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HOUSTON (AP) - Activists are praising Houston area law enforcement for pursuing a tip that led to the arrest of an African-American man in the fatal drive-by shooting of a 7-year-old black girl.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez announced Sunday that prosecutors had charged 20-year-old Eric Black Jr. with capital murder in the death of Jazmine Barnes on Dec. 30.

Gonzalez says the killing was not a hate crime, as asserted by some in the community, but a case of mistaken identity.

He says a second suspect has been identified, also black, but declined to say if the person is in custody.

The tip came from a New York-based social activist and writer who had helped raise money for a reward leading to information in the case.

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