The investigation into the shooting of a 7-year-old girl in Houston, Texas that civil rights activists and left-wing media sites asserted was a white supremacist hate crime took an unexpected turn when it was revealed that the gunman was a 24-year-old black man.
Jazmine Barnes was killed in the back of her mother’s vehicle after the family were fired upon on the East Sam Houston Parkway feeder road near Wallisville Road at approximately 6:50 a.m. last Sunday.
Jazmine’s sister described the shooter as a “bearded white man in his 40s wearing a red hoodie,” setting off a media narrative that the murder was a racist hate crime.
Police subsequently released a sketch asserting that the suspect was a white man in his 30s or 40s.
This is the man witnesses say murdered 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes on 12/30 as her family drove on the E. Sam Houston Pkwy frontage road at Wallisville Road. Thin white man, 30’s-40’s, in a red pickup. Call 713-221-6000 or @CrimeStopHOU at 713-222-TIPS #JusticeForJazmine #hounews pic.twitter.com/URR3w2Wxbm
— HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) January 3, 2019
Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King also offered up a $100,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and arranged a rally to call for justice.
Community activist Deric Muhammad claimed that the murder proved black people were being indiscriminately targeted by racist whites.
“Black people are being targeted in this country, black people are being targeted in this county, black people are being targeted in this city. So we are thoroughly convinced that the killing of Jazmine Barnes was race related, we believe that there is a white supremacist element in that area that needs to be trotted out, found and brought to justice,” he said.
Left-wing news outlets like Vox breathlessly reported the claims without question, asserting that “Jazmine Barnes was killed when a white man fired into her family’s car.”
Time Magazine also reported the assertion of the family’s attorney Lee Merritt that the murder was a racist shooting, while the Washington Post amplified his demand that, “We want to emphasize the racial nature of the attack and that hate-crime charges are appropriate.”
However, it now emerges that the gunman was black.
“Sources tell ABC13 Larry Woodruffe, 24, has been arrested as a second suspect in the case. Those sources say Woodruffe is believed to be the shooter,” reported Jessica Willey and Deborah Wrigley.
Willey tweeted a photograph of Woodruffe, who is clearly African-American.
BREAKING: @HCSOTexas has identified 1st suspect in #JazmineBarnes murder as Eric Black, Jr. 20. I can also confirm a 2nd suspect as Larry Woodruffe, 24 (below). He is believed to be the shooter. No connection to Jazmine or her family, per sources. https://t.co/wnaXDXVOO0 #abc13 pic.twitter.com/YsYvUSZX4g
— Jessica Willey (@ImJessicaWilley) January 6, 2019
Despite Merritt asserting that there was “no rationale for the attack other than hate,” investigators now say that shooting was probably a result of mistaken identity.
The ABC13 report that names the gunman as African-American notes that, “The story has captured the attention of community members, celebrities and activists around the world,” but fails to explain how they all got it monumentally wrong in order to push a divisive, race-baiting narrative.
Twitter users responded to developments by asking if there would be any follow up on the people who falsely claimed the shooting was a white supremacist hate crime.
“Are you going to investigate the person who lied to officers and said the shooter was a blonde haired, blue-eyed White guy? Giving false information to cops is a crime,” said David Wohl.
Hey Jess, Are you going to investigate the person who lied to officers and said the shooter was a blonde haired, blue-eyed White guy? Giving false information to cops is a crime.
— David Wohl (@DavidWohl) January 6, 2019
“There’s no doubt that this is a tragedy. However, the ONLY reason that this story garnered as much national attention as it did, was because the family said the shooter was white. Which gave possible credence to this being a potential hate crime. Watch how quickly this disappears,” remarked another user.
There’s no doubt that this is a tragedy. However, the ONLY reason that this story garnered as much national attention as it did, was because the family said the shooter was white. Which gave possible credence to this being a potential hate crime. Watch how quickly this disappears
— That Todd guy with a beard (@rtm557) January 6, 2019
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