Roommates, let’s keep the Floyd family in our prayers. Unfortunately, George Floyd’s four-year-old niece Arianna Delane was shot while sleeping in her bed on Saturday. The bullet was fired by an unidentified suspect(s) who opened fire into her family’s apartment in Houston, TX. According to ABC 13, Derrick Delane, Arianna’s father, said their apartment in the 3300 block of Yellowstone Blvd was hit several times by gunfire just before 3 am on January 1st. The gunfire entered the second story of the building and hit the child who was asleep in the front bedroom.
“My daughter jumped up and said, ‘Daddy, I’ve been hit,’ and I was shocked until I saw the blood, and I realized my 4-year-old daughter was really hit,” Derrick recalled. “She didn’t know what was going on. She was asleep.” Arianna’s mother immediately drove her to the hospital, where she underwent surgery. Reports state that the child was struck in her torso and sustained several injuries, including a punctured lung, liver, and three broken ribs.
Derrick feels fortunate that his daughter didn’t pass away due to the shooting but does believe their home was targeted. “Why would my house get shot up?” he said. “My daughter doesn’t know. I can’t explain that to her. As the father, you’re supposed to protect the kids.” Houston Police Chief Troy Finner launched an Internal Affairs investigation into the department’s response time to the shooting. Derrick explained that authorities didn’t arrive until nearly four hours after the incident, at 7 am.
In a statement, Chief Finner stated, “I am aware and have concerns regarding the delayed response time in this incident and have initiated an Internal Affairs investigation. I ask the city to 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.” Currently, Arianna is recovering, and Houston police are investigating the shooting and asking for help from the public to bring her justice. We wish her a speedy recovery.
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