4-year old niece of George Floyd shot while sleeping in her bed on New Year’s Day

This weekend, Ariana Delane, George Floyd’s four-year old niece, was shot in the abdomen by a drive-by shooter as she slept in her bed in Houston.

Delane underwent surgery and is in stable condition, according to Houston police. According to a family member, the girl suffered a punctured lung, punctured liver and three broken ribs as a result of the shooting. Police said in a statement at least one gunman fired into the home in a drive-by, and that at the time of the incident there were four adults and two children.

Ariana’s father, Derrick Delane, told KTRK, “My daughter jumped up and said, ‘Daddy, I’ve been hit’ and I was shocked until I seen the blood and I realized my 4-year-old daughter was really hit. She didn’t know what was going on. She was asleep.”

Delane also told KTRK police did not arrive on the scene until about 7AM, approximately four hours after the incident. 

No motive or arrests have been made and no motive has been identified. Anyone with information about the shooting is encouraged to contact HPD Major Assaults & Family Violence Division at 713-308-8800 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.




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Laura is a freelance writer out of Maryland and a mom of three. Her background is in political science and international relations, and she has been doing political writing and editing for 17 years. Laura has also written parenting pieces for the Today Show and is currently working on writing a collection of remarkable true stories about normal people. She writes for FBA because unbiased news is vital to unity, and readers deserve the facts free of opinion.

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