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2-year-old female victim in fatal shooting identified, suspect arrested: Police

Posted at 3:46 PM, May 11, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-13 02:05:10-04

UPDATE: Authorities have identified the 22-month-old girl fatally shot inside a Waco home, said officals.

The victim has since been identified as Zillyana Thornton, according to the Waco Police Department.

An investigation into this incident remains active and ongoing.

In response to this incident, the Waco Police Departments' Community Outreach Unit is offering free gun locks to the community.

To learn more, call 254-750-1761.

Waco police have arrested one man in the death of a two-year-old girl who was shot inside a Waco home.

Waco officers responded around 3 p.m. on Wednesday to the 3500 block of Alta Vista Drive and Old Robinson Road.

Before officers arrived, family members were transporting the child to the hospital. Detectives were still gathering information as of Wednesday evening, but the family told police the toddler allegedly shot herself in the stomach.

"I know it's confusing but we have not confirmed if the shooting of the 2-year-old was self-inflicted," said Waco police. "Our detectives are working to confirm how the shooting occurred but we have not been able to confirm if this is a self-inflicted shooting or otherwise. We will give updates when we can."

Officers collected the gun believed to be used in the shooting, police said.

"... through the initial investigation officers have arrested Elias Espinoza Ramos for tampering with evidence," police said.