"What are the odds that two black families were fired upon by a white male in a pickup truck within a one year time span on the same block. We gotta call it what it is. 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."
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3. STILL from surveillance video of pick-up linked to fatal shooting
4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Kisshima Williams, Son wounded in similar shooting:
"This is really hard for me because they didn't take my son getting shot seriously. I thank God he's here, but look at what happened, Jazmine's not here. She's 7 years old. She had a life to live and now a coward took her life and took her from her family"
5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Pastor E.A. Deckard, Green House International Church:
"Just maybe, if we would have stayed aggressive when A'Vonte was shot, just maybe we would have stayed on high alert when A'Vonte was shot. Just maybe Jazmine Barnes would have opened Christmas presents. Jazmine Barnes would have had a New Year's celebration. Just maybe if we would have stayed focused, Jazmine will be here to go back to school when school starts back. So let's not lose our intensity."
In the wake of a deadly shooting of a seven-year-old black child in Houston, activists are tying her death to the 2017 shooting of a black motorist in the same section of town. They're also voicing concers that Sunday's shooting was a hate crime.
"What are the odds that two black families were fired upon by a white male in a pickup truck within a one year time span on the same block," asked Deric Muhammad, who held a press conference with the mother of the earlier victim, and a black pastor in Houston.
Wednesday's press conference took place as authorities search for a driver who fired several shots and killed Jazmine Barnes, while wounding the child's mother.
Investigators have released a surveillance video image of a red, four-door pickup truck from which the driver fired gunshots.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez has declined to speculate on what prompted the driver to fire into the car carrying 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes, three of her sisters and her mother.
Gonzalez says the shooting as "totally unprovoked."
Jazmine's mother suffered a gunshot wound to the arm and her 6-year-old sister was injured by shattered glass.
"This is really hard for me because they didn't take my son getting shot seriously," said Kisshama Williams, whose 21-year-old was shot in 2017 as he was driving in the same area.
Williams and others say that shooter was also driving a pick-up truck.
"I thank God he's here," she said. "But look at what happened, Jazmine's not here. She's 7 years old. She had a life to live and now a coward took her life and took her from her family."
Jazmine's father appeared with the Harris County sheriff at a news briefing earlier this week. He pleaded with the public to help find the shooter.
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