7-year-old killed in drive-by near Houston-area Walmart identified

7-year-old Houston girl shot dead while in car with her mom

Police are searching for a man who opened fire on a vehicle in the Houston area, killing a 7-year-old girl.

The unknown suspect, who was driving a red pickup truck with no plates, pulled up next to the victims' vehicle at about 7 a.m. and began shooting into their auto for an unknown reason, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tweeted. KSAT reported that Washington was shot in the arm and is expected to survive her injuries.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 713-221-6000 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477.

Three other girls were in the auto, but it wasn't immediately clear if they also are related to the woman, who authorities say was shot in the arm.

Sheriff's Maj. Jesse Razo released a statement, which read, "We're going to use all resources available to bring this killer to justice".

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Investigators said the family's vehicle was traveling on the Beltway 8 feeder road near Wallisville Road when a red pickup pulled alongside, and someone in the truck began shooting.

"A total of 5 occupants in the auto witnessed this innocent child, their loved one, shot and killed before their eyes", Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tweeted. If you know anything please contact us asap.

"They're devastated", Razo told reporters. "So senseless. It's never easy, and extra hard during the holiday season", Gonzalez tweeted.

"We're going to use all resources available to bring this killer to justice", Razo said, noting the suspect is considered armed and risky.

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