Arrest in Jazmine Barnes’s Killing Allays Hate-Crime Fears

It was a face that haunted many people in the nation’s fourth-largest city: The police sketch of the unshaven white man who witnesses and the authorities said had opened fire on a black family in a car the day before New Year’s Eve.

A second grader riding in the car with her mother and three sisters — Jazmine Barnes, 7 — was shot and killed.

And the man in the sketch — thinly built, in his 30s or 40s, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, driving a red pickup — became the focal point of what appeared to be a racially motivated shooting that rattled black residents, elected officials and civil-rights activists in Houston and around the country.

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