George Floyd’s 4-year-old niece was gunned down on New Years Day as she slept in her bed, family members have said. And the Houston Police Department has launched an internal investigation into its “late response” to the shooting.
Several shots were fired at an apartment shortly before 3 a.m. on Saturday as four adults and two children were inside, police said in a statement Tuesday.
One of the children, identified by relatives as Arianna Delane, was shot in the chest, police said.
The family drove her to hospital, where she underwent surgery, relatives said, adding that she was stable.
Police said there was no description or suspicious motive in the shooting at this point.
Speaking to NBC affiliate KPRC from Houston, Derrick Delane, Arianna’s father, described the heartbreaking incident.
“My daughter jumped up and said she was hit,” he said. “I (saw) the blood, the bleeding, and I caught it.”
Derrick Delane said his wife drove them to hospital.
“She heals very quickly. The last time I checked her she was breathing on her own. She was doing really well, ”he said.
Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said he has opened an internal affairs investigation into the department’s handling of the shooting.
“I am aware of and have concerns about the delayed response time in this incident and have opened an Internal Affairs investigation,” Finner said Tuesday in a report. separate declaration.
“I ask the city to continue praying for the full recovery of this child and to help provide information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect (s) responsible,” he said.
Arianna had attended protests in honor of Floyd, who died on May 25, 2020, after Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for 9 and a half minutes while detaining him.
Floyd’s death sparked protests and protests around the world against racial injustice and police brutality. Chauvin was convicted of murder in Floyd’s death last April.
Police urge anyone with information about the case to contact the department’s Major Assault and Family Violence Division at 713-308-8800 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.