The man arrested for the murder 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes may not have been the shooter. Here's everything we know about the potential case of 'mistaken identity'
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- Authorities in Texas have charged Eric Black Jr. for the murder of seven-year-old Jazmine Barnes, who was killed in a drive-by shooting on December 30.
- The shooter was once believed to be a white male in his 30s or 40s, but the man charged on Sunday is a 20-year-old black male.
- Black's affidavit states that he drove the car, while another passenger fired the bullets.
- Officials now believe the case is one of "mistaken identity."
What began as a harrowing emblem of racially-motivated killings in America has taken a surprising turn.
After a weeklong investigation into the murder of seven-year-old Jazmine Barnes, authorities finally landed on a suspect, 20-year-old Eric Black Jr, who was charged on Sunday with capital murder.
Barnes was killed in a drive-by shooting with her mother at the wheel and three sisters in the car.
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Investigators originally identified the suspect as a white male, leading many - including Barnes' mother - to believe that the killing was racially motivated.
Now authorities say that Barnes and her family may not have been targets, but the case is not over yet. Black's affidavit states that he drove the car, while another passenger fired the bullets.
Here's everything we know so far.