Thursday, June 30 2022

HOUSTON (WPIX) — George Floyd’s great-niece was shot dead while inside an apartment early on New Year’s Day, a family friend told the Houston Chronicle.

A suspect, or suspects, fired multiple shots at Houston’s apartment around 2:55 a.m. Saturday, the Houston Police Department said. Four adults and two children were inside the house, but only one – a 4-year-old girl – was hit.

The department did not release the girl’s identity, but the Houston Chronicle said a family friend of Floyd confirmed the connection and said the girl, who was shot in the chest, was recovering “by the grace of God”.

Houston Police Chief Troy Finner provided an update on the case Tuesday, saying the investigation is ongoing.

“I am aware of and have concerns regarding the delayed response time in this incident,” Finner wrote. “I ask [that] the city continues to pray for the child’s full recovery.

Finner did not say how long units waited to respond to the incident, but said an internal investigation had been launched.

Floyd, who grew up in Houston, was buried there after he was killed by a Minneapolis police officer in 2020.

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