The shooting of George Floyd’s 4-year-old grandniece Arianna, who was brought to the hospital on New Year’s Day after a bullet cracked three of her ribs and penetrated her liver and lung, was described in graphic detail by his family.
According to Houston police, Arianna was wounded while sleeping in bed with her grandma early Saturday after a gunman opened fire on her home.
“She was writhing in pain in the center of the floor.” George Floyd’s sister, LaTonya Floyd, told People Magazine that her brother was “horribly bleeding.” “She said, ‘Daddy, I’ve been hit. ‘I was hit!’
When the incident happened around 3 a.m., the girl was one of four individuals in the house, including two children. Among them were her grandparents, her mother, Bianca, and her father, Derek Delane.
When her father heard gunshots, he dashed to his daughter’s room and discovered her bleeding from a torso bullet wound.
“And she didn’t just fall for no reason.” LaTonya described her as a “strong little child.”
Her parents contacted 911 and requested an ambulance, but officials were too sluggish to respond, so the parents took their daughter to the hospital themselves, according to her family. Arianna had to have emergency surgery, but her health is stable and she is healing well, according to police and her family.
LaTonya Floyd, who was unable to visit Arianna at Texas Children’s Hospital due to Covid restrictions, video chatted with her recently and reported she’s doing “great.”
“She was able to make it through the surgery… She was only a small child when she was shot in the stomach. Her liver and lung had been penetrated, as well as three ribs. “She’s only a baby, but she made it,” she explained.
Police said in a statement they do not know if it was one person or numerous people firing the rounds, and have yet to name probable suspects or a motive.
Arianna enjoys doing TikTok dances and dreams of being a dancer when she grows up, according to her aunt.
“Someone targeted the house,” she believes.
“I’m not sure if they hit the proper house or what was going on,” LaTonya added, “since my family doesn’t do enemies.”
“We are fighting for justice, and we did it before and we’re going to do it again.”