Sheriff: Unknown if race was factor in Texas girl’s slaying

Staff Writer

HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities in Texas continue to investigate what prompted a weekend shooting that killed a 7-year-old black girl after activists on Wednesday claimed the incident was racially motivated.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said during a news conference that the investigation into the death Sunday of Jazmine Barnes is focused on collecting evidence and developing leads. A determination on motive will come later. “We’re not tone deaf to some of the concerns in our community where this could be potentially race related,” Gonzalez said, explaining that road rage could be another consideration. But he added that he doesn’t want speculation on a possible motive to limit the scope of an investigation that has one primary aim: finding the shooter. The sheriff added that investigators are “not ruling anything out.”...To read more, please refer to our print or online edition.