Eric Black Jr and Larry Woodruffe: Two suspects in custody in death of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes

charged with capital murder in the deadly shooting of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes
Posted on January 6, 2019,at 9:25 AM
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Police now have two suspects in custody in connection with capital murder in the deadly shooting of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office said early Sunday that Eric Black Jr. was arrested without incident after a tip and subsequently admitted to the shooting.

Eric Black Jr and Larry Woodruffe: Two suspects in custody in death of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes

A second man, Larry Woodruffe, 24, has also been taken into custody, the Barnes family's lawyer, Lee Merritt, confirmed. Woodruffe is "believed to be the shooter," according to Merritt.

Black was stopped by police on January 5 for failing to signal before changing lanes and officers subsequently found marijuana in his car.

When he faced court for the signal and drug violations, it was revealed authorities had received an anonymous tip that said people with the initials 'EB' and 'LW' were responsible for the shooting, ABC News reports.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office released the following statement on Sunday morning:

Harris County Sheriff's Office homicide investigators have filed a capital murder charge against Eric Black Jr. (DOB: 10/10/1998) for the Dec. 30 shooting death of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes. 

Investigators identified Black as a suspect based on a tip. 

Subsequent investigation revealed evidence that corroborated the tip, and Black was taken into custody in East Harris County without incident. 

Black then admitted to taking part in the shooting. Investigators are continuing to pursue evidence that could possibly lead to other suspects being charged in this case. 

Jazmine's mother was driving Jazmine and her three sisters southbound on the East Sam Houston Parkway feeder road near Wallisville Road at approximately 6:50 a.m. when they were fired upon by someone in another vehicle. 

At this time, investigators do not believe Jazmine's family was the intended target of the shooting, and that they were possibly shot as a result of mistaken identity. 

"I am grateful to our dedicated investigators, the partner law enforcement agencies that provided vital assistance, and tipsters from across the nation who pulled together to support our work to get justice for Jazmine," Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said. "Our work is not finished, but I believe the people of Harris County can take comfort in knowing we have made great progress." 

Anyone with information that may prove helpful to this ongoing investigation is urged to contact Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-TIPS or 713-221-6000.

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