HOUSTON - Authorities say a man fired into a car with a mother and four girls inside, striking and killing a 7-year-old girl on Sunday morning.
Harris County investigators say the mother and the four girls were traveling in their car just before 7 a.m. on the East Sam Houston Parkway at Wallisville Road when a man in a red pickup truck opened fire on their vehicle.
Jazmine Barnes, 7, was killed in the gunfire. Her mother, 30-year-old LaPorsha Washington, was shot in the arm and taken to the hospital. One of Jazmine's sisters was injured by broken glass from a window.
The suspect in the shooting remains at large. Investigators describe him as a white male in his 40s with a beard and driving a red pickup truck. On Monday, the sheriff's office released a photo of a red pickup truck captured on surveillance video before the shooting. They are asking the public to take a close look at the photo and suspect description to see if they remember anything that might help the case.
At a press conference on Monday, Jazmine's father, Christopher Cevilla, remembered his daughter as a sweet, caring young girl and made a plea to the public for information in the case.
"My daughter was 7 years old, loving, caring, very passionate with people. Very sweet, just an innocent young girl. Very smart in school. And it's just a lot of things that's been robbed of me and my family at this moment that we will never be able to get back," Cevilla said. "I just want anybody, whoever, out there that knows anything about the murder of my daughter to please step up as if it was your own."
Deputies say the suspect should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information is asked to call investigators or Crime Stoppers.