George Floyd’s Niece Shot

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Ian Johnson, Staff Member

Just before 3 a.m. on January 1st, 2022 a family’s home was hit several times by gunfire. This resulted in the perpetrators injuring a little girl, Arianna Delane, niece of George Floyd. 

Arianna Delane was one of the many faces seen during the Black Lives Matter movement. Her uncle, George Floyd, was murdered in broad daylight by a police officer in Minnesota. Though it was not a police officer who shot this little girl, the family is still in shock and have no idea who could have targeted them. 

The gunfire that entered the second story hit the child who was asleep in the front bedroom. No one ever saw this coming. Her father tells the local Houston,Texas television station, KTRK, “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. She didn’t know what was going on. She was asleep.” This was all very shocking and truly upsetting for every party involved.

As for first responders, the story gets a little sticky. The shooting occurred around 3a.m. but police did not arrive on scene until 7a.m. The girl’s mother drove her to the hospital where she underwent surgery and was stabilized, according to her father, Derrick Delane. The mother and father were very concerned and confused about the whole situation. They just wanted their daughter to be safe. Arianna Delane’s father told KTRK, “Why would my house get shot up? My daughter don’t know. I can’t explain that to her. As the father, you’re supposed to protect the kids.”

As reported by ABC13 News, Houston Police Chief, Troy Finner, launched an Internal Affairs investigation into the department’s response time to the shooting.  Because police arrived more than four hours after the time of the shooting, the  Houston Police Department is facing serious criticism. The reasoning behind their late arrival is still unknown. 

After the death of George Floyd, and many other black Americans, all eyes have been on law enforcement. 4-year old Arianna Delane is still alive, but she will forever remember this traumatic period of her life. The gunfire broke three ribs and punctured her liver and lung.  The hearts of Houston, Texas and the rest of the world are with Arianna as she continues to recover.