Police in Harris County, Texas are actively searching for a white gunman who fired into a auto, killing a 7-year-old Black girl and wounding her mother as they were exiting a Houston-area Walmart parking lot, ABC 13 reports.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said in posts on Twitter and Facebook that the girl who died was 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes.
A distraught Washington told KTRK-TV from her hospital bed that the gunman sped up after firing into her auto, only to pull in front and slow down before firing again.
After the shooting, Washington and her other daughters noticed Jazmine was unresponsive. A 7-year-old girl was killed instantly.
Investigators are not sure whether the shooting was random or if the family was targeted.
Authorities said three other girls were in the vehicle when the shooting happened.
"She said, 'Momma, Jazmine's not moving". The gunman was described only as a bearded white man, possibly in his 40s, wearing a red hooded sweatshirt.
"We don't have any reason to believe he wasn't aware of what he was doing", the sheriff said.
Authorities are searching for a red pickup truck, left, in connection with the fatal shooting Jazmine Barnes, right. A total of 5 occupants in the vehicle witnessed this innocent child, their loved one, shot and killed before their eyes.
The sheriff said he had never met the 7-year-old but noticed her "million-dollar smile" in photographs.
The younger girl suffered glass fragment injuries and the teens weren't hurt, but they were "shaken" and "devastated", said Jesse Razo, a major with the sheriff's office.
"My hope is that every passing moment that his conscience is eating away at him ... and I hope it's that case forever", he said.
'Because we will be looking for you.