George Floyd’s four-year-old great-niece was shot dead in her bed in the middle of the night during a “targeted attack” on her home in Texas.
Arianna Delane is expected to survive but underwent surgery in Houston over the weekend after bullets pierced her lungs and liver, leaving her with three broken ribs.
So far, the police have not disclosed a motive or a description of the shooter. But the family said they knew who opened fire and suggested the shots were aimed, with no further comment on a possible motive.
George Floyd’s four-year-old niece, Arianna Delane, was shot dead at her home in South Houston over the weekend. She is pictured recovering in the hospital
“My daughter jumped up and said, ‘Dad, I was beaten,’ ‘said her father Derrick Delane, who is pictured
Delane showed the media where the house was hit by various bullet holes
Several bullets hit the house, leaving holes in various walls and doors of the building
At around 3 a.m. on Saturday evening, suspects fired random shots into the family home on the second floor.
At the time of the shooting, there were six people on the south Houston property, four adults and two children all sleeping, with Arianna in her bed in a front bedroom.
“My daughter jumped up and said, ‘Daddy, I was hit,'” her father Derrick Delane told ABC 13.
“I was shocked until I saw the blood and realized that my four-year-old daughter had really been hit,” recalled Delane. “She didn’t know what was going on. She slept.’
Arianna was shot in the torso while sleeping in her bed, leaving her with a punctured lung and liver and three broken ribs
The little girl was sleeping in a front bedroom of the second floor apartment when the attack took place
The attack occurred over the weekend in a house in South Houston
Delane said he hopes his daughter can still achieve her dream of becoming a dancer or cheerleader.
‘Why should my house be shot down?’ asked Delane. “My daughter doesn’t know. I can’t explain that to her. As a father, you should protect the children.
“It heals very quickly. The last time I checked on her, she was breathing on her own. She was doing really great, ”Delane said of her recovery.
The family also claimed that the police didn’t arrive until 7:00 a.m. – four hours after the incident.
An investigation is underway to determine why the police response has been so delayed.
“I am aware of the delay in response to this incident and have concerns and have opened an internal investigation. I ask the city to continue to pray for the child’s full recovery and to help provide information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect or suspects, ”Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said in a statement.
Arianna was one of two children who was sleeping in the house at the time of the shooting
A woman stands in front of a George Floyd mural in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25, 2021
Arianna had been spotted at several Black Lives Matter protests that followed the murder of her great-uncle George Floyd.
She was related to George through her grandmother, LaTonya, who was his sister.
A video emerged showing Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on the back of Floyd’s neck as he lay on the floor for nine minutes during his arrest
Floyd was killed on May 25, 2020 after allegedly trying to use a counterfeit $ 20 bill to buy cigarettes in a grocery store.
It sparked protests against racism and police brutality around the world.
Shortly after the incident, a video emerged of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on the back of Floyd’s neck as he lay on the floor for nine minutes.
Floyd shouted, “I can’t breathe!” over and over. His words became a rallying cry for protesters around the world.
Chauvin has been convicted of second degree murder, third degree murder and second degree manslaughter in Floyd’s deaths.
Three other officers, Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J Alexander Kueng, were fired by police who did nothing to intervene when they witnessed Floyd’s death.
On May 28, 2020, George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was killed in an arrest in Minneapolis, Minnesota for allegedly using a forged bill. White cop Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes while handcuffed face down in the street begging for his life and repeatedly saying, “I can’t breathe.”