“She is recovering,” Delane told CNN correspondent Rosa Flores on Wednesday. Delane told Flores that the details reported by KTRK were correct, but that he did not have time to do an interview at the time.
The family told KTRK that the 4-year-old victim was punched in the chest while sleeping in her bed and had a punctured lung and liver and three broken ribs. Delane showed KTRK the bullet holes on the walls and windows.
“My daughter got up and said, ‘Daddy I was hit’ and I was shocked until I saw the blood and realized that my 4 year old daughter was really hit.” , Delane told KTRK. “She didn’t know what was going on. She was sleeping.”
Arianna was taken to hospital in a private vehicle where she underwent surgery, the Houston Police Department (HPD) said in a press release on Tuesday. She is currently in stable condition in the intensive care unit.
“I’m in real pain right now,” Philonise Floyd, brother of George Floyd, told CNN.
Houston Police Chief Troy Finner called the shooting “insane” and launched an internal investigation into HPD’s response time to the shooting, according to a statement on HPD’s Twitter account.
Police arrived around four hours after the incident, which happened around 3 a.m., Delane told KTRK.
“I am aware of the delayed response time in this incident and have concerns regarding this incident and have initiated an internal affairs investigation. I ask the city to continue praying for the full recovery of the child and to help provide information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect or suspects responsible, ”Finner said in the statement.
Officers looked for a scene in the area where the gunshots were detected by the technology, Finner said, and noticed a “large hole in the fence leading to the apartment complex.” But as they passed through parts of the complex, they were not reported by citizens and eventually left, Finner said.
“Unbeknownst to them, the child had already been transported from an apartment in a private vehicle to the hospital within 3 to 4 minutes of the shooting,” the chief added in his statement.
“Collectively, we will determine if any changes in protocols and training need to be made as to how calls are handled and coded for dispatch,” said Finner, the police chief, in his statement.
There were four adults and two children inside the apartment at the time of the shooting, according to the HPD. There is no description of a suspect and the motive for the shooting is unknown at this time. The incident is under investigation by the HPD.
CNN has reached out to Floyd family attorney Ben Crump for comment.