Alleged Gunman Denies Being Involved In 7-Year-Old Jazmine Barnes’s Shooting
Harris County Sheriff’s Office
Larry Woodruffe, 24, and Eric Black Jr., 20, are the alleged gunmen at the center of the killing of Jazmine Barnes. They were recently brought up on charges of capital murder after a mysterious tipster pointed to Black and Woodruffe being the perpetrators, but as of January 10, Woodruffe and his legal team, in particular, deny being involved in the first place—claiming that he was not even present at the time. The revelation comes after Black allegedly informed authorities that it was not him, but Woodruffe, that fired the fatal eight shots into the Barnes’ family vehicle in the early hours of Sunday, December 30, which killed Jazmine and landed her mother in the hospital. This also comes after “activist” Shaun King claimed Robert Cantrell had allegedly murdered Barnes in a tweet of his that has since been deleted, with a caption stating: “We’ve had 20 people call or email us and say he is a racist, violent (expletive) and always has been. Just tell me everything you know.” Cantrell’s mugshot was also circulated with the said tweet. As of today, King has yet to issue an official apology, even as Cantrell and his family continue to receive death threats. To complicate matters, Woodruffe’s phone records place him “in close proximity” to where the shooting occurred even as he continues to maintain his innocence and claim that it was Black, not him, who is responsible for Barnes’ murder that appears to be a case of mistaken identity stemming from retaliation that had nothing to do with the Barnes’ family. This is a developing story.