HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says he will not stop until he solves the shooting death of a 7-year-old girl that some people fear could be racially motivated.
Sheriff Gonzalez isn't ruling out the possibility that 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes' death could be related to a similar unsolved shooting last year involving a white gunman and two black victims, but the sheriff is quick to point out there's no evidence yet to support that theory.
"She was already gone," says Jazmine's mother LaPorcha Washington. "She was not breathing, she was not moving, she was gone."
No ones' life should end at the age of 7.
"Her birthday is next month and she was already asking what we were going to do for her birthday," said Washington.
It appears Washington and her four daughters are strangers to the man who killed Washington's daughter Jazmine.
"I heard shots go off and my window broke and I felt a sharp pain and he continued to fire," Washington said.
Washington suffered a gun shot wound to the arm.
"And my baby was leaned up over against the door with her hand against the door and she wasn't moving," said Washington.
"We believe this was race-related," said community activist Derrick Mohammed.
"A white male with blue eyes," said Washington.
"We're not tone deaf to some of the concerns in our community where they say this is potentially race related," said Sheriff Gonzales.
"It's apparent black people are under attack in this particular area of the city," said Mohammed.
Mohammed believes the gunman who shot Jazmine to death on the East Sam Houston Parkway feeder road near Wallisville Road is the same man who shot and wounded Kisshima Williams' son and an older African American woman on August 30, 2017.
"A white gunman with an AR-15 got out of his truck and was shooting at random cars that were passing," said Williams.
"I do want to point out that particular shooting incident had occurred about six miles away," said the sheriff.
"Go out and catch him and prove us wrong," said Mohammed.
A $60,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the killer's arrest.