I am disheartened to report George Floyd’s 4-year-old great-niece, Arianna Delane, was shot while sleeping in her bed on New Year’s Day.
The shooting occurred shortly after 3 a.m. on Saturday.
A statement from Houston Police Department Major Assaults & Family Violence Division Detectives A. Carroll and J. Roberts reads:
A suspect or suspects fired several shots into an apartment at the above address as four adults and two children were inside the apartment.
One of the children was struck in the torso. She was transported in a private vehicle to an area hospital where she underwent surgery and is currently in stable condition.
What’s even more upsetting is Arianna’s father, Derrick Delane, said that authorities did not show up to the resident until after 7 a.m. – four hours after the shooting occurred.
George Floyd’s sister, LaTonya, said that the EMTs took so long to arrive at the residence that Arianna’s father had to drive her to the hospital.
Arianna suffered a punctured lung and liver, as well as three broken ribs from the shooting.
“She is on the mend,” according to her father.
Police Chief Troy Finner released the following statement via Twitter on Tuesday:
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.
See the original tweet below.
This statement looks like a ransom note. But, I digress…
Anyone with information about the shooting should contact HPD Major Assaults and Family Violence Division at 713-308-8800 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).
Watch the news report below.
There is no excuse whatsoever for a four-hour response to the shooting of a child.
This feels very intentional on behalf of the police department and the EMTs because I am very sure they were aware that this is the family of George Floyd.
I pray Arianna Delane makes a full and speedy recovery and I hope her family files a lawsuit against the city.