Gunman Accused Of Killing Seven-Year-Old Girl Should Have Been In Prison

Holly Matkin

Known gang member Larry Woodruffe was on parole when he was caught with a gun in 2017.

Houston, TX – The alleged gunman accused of murdering 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes in a drive-by shooting in December could have been sent to prison in late 2017, when he was found in possession of a gun while on parole for an assault charge.

Had that occurred, Jazmine would still be alive.

Larry Woodruffe, 24, has been named as a suspect in the Dec. 30, 2018 murder by multiple law enforcement sources, but has still not been charged in connection to the little girl’s death as of Tuesday afternoon, KPRC reported.

His alleged accomplice, 20-year-old Eric Black Jr., was charged with capital murder after he allegedly told investigators that he and Woodruffe were traveling in a rental car when they spotted a vehicle they mistakenly believed belonged to someone else, according to KTRK.

While Black drove, Woodruffe opened fire on the other car, then they sped away.

It wasn’t until they were watching the news later that they realized they had opened fire on the wrong car, Black said.

The incident occurred at approximately 6:50 a.m., as 30-year-old LaPorsha Washington and her four daughters were traveling to a shopping area to get coffee, the Houston Chronicle reported.

They were driving past a Walmart store when a vehicle pulled up next to them and riddled Washington’s car with bullets.

"As I turned around and looked back at the street, I heard shots start firing and they came through my window, broke my glass, and hit me in my arm,” Washington later told KTRK. “They sped off in front of us and the truck slowed down and continued to fire as he was in front of us.”

After the suspects sped away, one of Washington’s daughters alerted her that something had happened to Jazmine.

"She said, 'Momma, Jazmine's not moving. She's not talking,’” the grieving mother recalled. “I turned around and my 7-year-old was shot in the head."

Washington tried to drive to the hospital, but her tire had been shot out during the attack, the Houston Chronicle reported.

She called 911, but her little girl died at the scene.

Acting on a tip, police pulled over a rental car Black was driving on Saturday, the Houston Chronicle reported.

He ultimately admitted that he was driving the suspect vehicle during the attack, and said that Woodruffe opened fire out a window, according to prosecutors.

The men then went and swapped their rental car out for another one, which Black was driving at the time of his arrest.

Black admitted that the murder weapon, a 9mm pistol, was inside his home, and identified Woodruffe in a photo lineup, prosecutors said.

Woodruffe was also arrested on Saturday, after he was pulled over for driving with a defective light and an obscured license plate, KTRK reported.

When officers approached Woodruffe’s vehicle, they noticed a strong odor of marijuana, and detained him.

Investigators ultimately discovered a bottle of 124 pills on him during a pat down search.

Woodruffe was being held on $100,000 bail for the drug possession charge.

He has a lengthy criminal history, including offenses for trespassing, evading arrest, and drug possession, KPRC reported.

In 2017, he was sentenced to two years in prison after he was convicted of assaulting a family member, but was out on mandatory supervision in less than a year.

By November of 2017, police caught the felony offender with a gun.

Although he was charged with felon in possession of a firearm and was still on parole at the time, Woodruffe ended up having the opportunity to plead guilty to a lesser offense.

He was sentenced to just nine months in the county jail.

In a Facebook post on Monday, the Houston Police Officers’ Union expressed outrage that Woodruffe – a known gang member – was given such a lenient sentence.

“How does someone who is a documented gang member, convicted felon for domestic violence, on parole, only get 9 months in jail for being in possession of a firearm with a 31 round magazine??” the union railed. “That someone was Larry Woodruffe and he allegedly murdered 7 yr old Jazmine Barnes in cold blood.”

“Our officers are catching these dirtbags and putting them in jail, time for the rest of the Criminal Justice System to do their job! #BrokenSystem,” the post read.

“Certainly, questions are going to arise,” Crime Stoppers Victim Services and Advocacy Director Andy Kahan told KPRC. “If he had been returned to prison, would he have been out?”

The Texas Board of Pardons and Parole said they are researching Woodruffe’s file, and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office has not responded to a request for comment regarding the convicted felon being allowed to plead guilty to the lesser weapons offense, KPRC reported.

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20 and 24 yrs old and they killed someone !! What kind of parenting did they receive, they also need to face charges for putting these pond scum on the street. They were sad because they killed the wrong person???? They need to be given a shot and go away forever, there is no place on this earth for them, period ! My thoughts and prayers for Jazmine's Mom and Sisters who witnessed this, they will never be the same. They are so lucky they also weren't killed.


Time and time again we are reading these stories about violent people getting a slap on the wrist for violent offenses. Just to be let out of jail with a stern warning from a sympathetic Judge and then innocent people lose their lives because of it.


Where's the part where one of the girls said that it was a white man that had shot them.


Are there still protests demanding justice for the little girl? There has to be some outrage still. Right?


Liberalism is a mental disorder. As said before, it starts in the home- no discipline, no code of behavior, no education, etc. Then they become older and commit crimes, etc., and the gubmint (schools, courts) lets them skate. Then they become adults and commit violent, serious crimes, and get released to commit again. Look at the "mom" who knew the scrot and lied about the shooter to make him white, and the media and race baiters jumper all over it. Since the arrest, have you heard a "peep?" Liberalism is a mental disorder.


Get these A-holes off the street!! How many chances are they going to get? Hope the judge that let him go feels really good about it.




Mom should b charged. Taking 4 little girls for coffee? Hell no she was making dope deal n it went wrong.


I am amazed any of the media are saying Woodruffe might not be guilty,and I'm aghast the mother implied she still thinks it was a white man. "On Woodruffe's now-deleted Instagram, a photo was posted after the deadly shooting of the co-defendants. In it, Woodruffe is showing off a fan of cash. Black is flashing gang signs... Jazmine's mother was driving Jazmine and her three sisters southbound on the East Sam Houston Parkway feeder road near Wallisville Road at about 6:50 a.m. on Dec. 30 when they were fired upon by someone in another vehicle. Court records also show casings collected from the scene matched a gun found at Black's home." I'm sorry, but NO, lady. Woodruffe did it and you KNOW it. What are you hiding?


I've got a theory now. When the shooting happened, Ms Washington says she had a child start googling to find the nearest emergency room, but she couldn't drive to the hospital right away because she had a flat tire. Why wasn't she just calling 911? The oldest child said "a white man with blue eyes". That seemed an oddly high level of detail for a shooting that took place in the dark hours of morning, but it was an upsetting time, and the mind does funny things. Then I started thinking about Dad's neck tattoo, and wondered if it had something to do with him. Now it turns out Mama has a long history of drug and violence-related charges. I'm wondering if that delay in getting Jazmine to the hospital, was getting the teen coached, because Mama knew there would be questions. I don't know if we will ever know the truth, and I'm not even sure I want to know, if it's really sordid.