WACO, Texas (FOX 44) – UPDATE: The two-year-old shooting victim has been identified.
22-month-old Zillyana Thornton was transported to Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Waco on Wednesday afternoon, and was pronounced dead at 3:37 p.m.
The Waco Police Department has arrested one person in connection with this shooting, which occurred at 3501 Alta Vista Drive around 3:00 p.m Wednesday.
Police told FOX 44 News that Thornton was shot in the stomach. They believe it was a handgun, and they they have contained the weapon.
Through the initial investigation, officers arrested 25-year-old Elias Espinoza, who is charged with Tampering with Evidence.
With the continued gun-related crime, the Waco Police Department and Chief Sheryl Victorian have shared the following message with the community:
“Waco, it is with great sadness that yet again one of our children has died from gunfire. It is heartbreaking to watch and hear of family members mourning from gun-related incidents or violence that could have been prevented. No one needs to live with the guilt or heartache of knowing that a weapon that they owned, were in possession of, or mishandled, killed or injured anyone, particularly innocent children. Guns are not toys and should always be handled responsibly and as if they are loaded. Under NO circumstance should guns be accessible to children. The consequence of discharging a weapon not only impacts the person injured or killed, but families and communities as well. The Waco Police Department is urging all gun owners to lock, secure and safely store weapons. We must take ownership in protecting the lives of our loved ones from ALL gun violence.”
In addition, Chief Victorian has released the video statement below:
The Waco PD Community Outreach Unit has free gun locks and will provide anyone in the community with one.