A 4-year-old grandniece of George Floyd, was shot while sleeping in her bed, during a ‘targeted attack’ on his family members in Houston during the early hours of New Year’s Day, according to a news release from the City of Houston.
Arianna Delane was struck with a bullet in her torso which punctured her lung and liver leaving her with three broken ribs and had to undergo surgery but she’s recovering.
Gunshots were fired randomly by suspects into the family home shortly before 3 a.m. on Saturday.
“A suspect or suspects fired several shots into an apartment at the above address as four adults and two children were inside the apartment,” reads a statement from HPD Major Assaults & Family Violence Division Detectives A. Carroll and J. Roberts.
Statement from Police Chief @TroyFinner regarding the January 1 shooting of a 4-year-old female at 3322 Yellowstone Boulevard.
— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) January 4, 2022
“One of the children was struck in the torso. She was transported in a private vehicle to an area hospital where she underwent surgery and is currently in stable condition,” the statement continues.
The statement also mentions that “At this time, there is no suspect description or motive in the shooting,” however the family believes their home was targeted.
“Why would my house get shot up?” Arianna’s father, Derrick Delane said. “My daughter don’t know. I can’t explain that to her. As the father, you’re supposed to protect the kids.”
Delane also said that authorities did not show up to the residence until 7 a.m. — four hours after the shooting occurred, according to ABC affiliate KTRK-TV
“I am aware and have concerns regarding the delayed response time in this incident and have initiated an Internal Affairs investigation,” Police Chief Troy Finner said in a statement posted to the Houston Police Department’s official Twitter account on Tuesday.
“I ask the city continue to pray for the child’s full recovery and assist in providing information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect or suspects responsible.”
Police urge anyone with information in the case to contact HPD Major Assaults and Family Violence Division at 713-308-8800 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).