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A Houston-area woman who was wounded in a shooting that killed her 7-year-old daughter says the gunman fired a series of shots while driving alongside the woman's auto and then continued to fire as he pulled in front of the vehicle.

Jesse Raz, a man in a red pickup truck pulled up next to a vehicle carrying a woman and four girls in a Walmart parking lot and opened fire, killing a 7-year-old girl.

Christopher Cevilla, father of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes, speaks during a news conference, Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, in Houston. Her mother is 30-year-old LaPorsha Washington.

Cevilla said his daughter was "loving, caring, very passionate with people, very sweet, just a innocent young girl, very smart in school".

The two others in the vehicle were not injured. The authorities said they are still investigating and trying to determine if the shooting was random or targeted. Investigators describe him as a white male in his 40s with a beard and driving a red pickup truck.

The red pickup fled the scene after the shooting. An arrest hadn't been made as of Sunday night.




Jesse Razo told reporters on Sunday.

The motive for the shooting was not immediately clear.

Razo said his department will continue to investigate the incident and "use all of our resources to bring this killer to justice".

The sheriff's office is asking locals in the area around Wallisville Road near the E. Sam Houston Parkway, near the Walmart, to check surveillance video to try an identify the suspect. "Because we will be looking for you, we will locate you and we will find you".

"Someone who does something like that will eventually talk about it, and we need anyone with information to come forward", said Razo.

The sheriff said he had never met the 7-year-old but noticed her "million-dollar smile" in photographs.


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