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Toddler identified in Waco shooting, 1 arrested

Waco police said it wasn't immediately clear who fired the gun.

WACO, Texas — Waco Police have released the identity of a 22-month-old who died after a shooting Wednesday as Zillyana Thornton, according to the Waco Police Department. Waco police initially reported the girl was 2-years-old.

The incident happened around 3 p.m. at 3501 Alta Vista Dr., according to officials. Waco police said Thorton died around 3:37 p.m. at the hospital.

Police told 6 News several people were in the home when the incident happened and they tried to take her to the hospital, however they met with the ambulance about halfway.  

Police arrested Elias Espinoza Ramos for tampering with evidence, according to a news release. They did not say if he fired the gun.

Also, Waco PD believes they have the weapon in question from scene but it will need to be confirmed through an investigation.

The Waco Police Department and Chief Sheryl Victorian released this message:

“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.”

This investigation is ongoing, updates will be provided when available.

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