Houston Police is investigating the shooting of a four-year-old girl identified by relatives as the niece of George Floyd whose death sparked worldwide protests against racial injustice and police brutality.
According to a police statement on Jan. 4, at least one suspect fired multiple shots at an apartment at about 2:55 a.m. local time on Jan. 1, hitting a juvenile female in the torso.
Police said the child was transported to an area hospital via a private vehicle and underwent surgery.
The child is currently in stable condition.
Family members said the child was Arianna Delane, and she was struck in the lung and in the liver, breaking three of her ribs, as she slept in her bed.
“My daughter jumped up and said, ‘Daddy, I’ve been hit,’ and I was shocked until I seen the blood and I realized my four-year-old daughter was really hit,” Delane’s father, Derrick, told ABC Houston station KTRK.
Derrick said he immediately called 911 after the shooting, but police did not show up until nearly 7 a.m.
Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said in a separate statement that the police department has opened an internal investigation into the delayed response.
“I am aware and have concerns regarding the delayed response time in this incident and have initiated an Internal Affairs investigation,” Finner said.
While the police said there was no motive for the shooting at this time, Derrick said he believed their family home was targeted.
The apartment was where the Floyd family gathered last April to watch the verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, who was convicted of murdering Floyd.
Arianna had attended protests in honor of Floyd.
Police also said there was no suspect description at this time.
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