Jonylah Watkins, 6-month-old shot, dies

Posted By GABRIELLE LEVY,  |  Updated March 12, 2013 at 3:12 PM
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A six-month-old infant who was shot along with her father while he changed her diaper and was in critical condition Monday has died.

Jonylah Watkins died Tuesday morning at Comer Children's Hospital in Chicago, despite surgeons' efforts to save the infant girl's life after she suffered bullet wounds in her lung, liver, leg, shoulder and bowel or intestine.

Her father, Jonathan Watkins, 29, was shot in the side, buttock and suffered a graze wound on his face as he stood in the passenger door of his minivan while changing Jonylah's diaper.

Police told the Chicago Tribune they have few leads toward identifying the perpetrator of the shooting, which occurred in the Woodlawn neighborhood of the South Side around 1 p.m. Monday.

Police believe they have video of a blue van, to which the gunman apparently fled before speeding away. Watkins, police said, is a gang member with a history of arrests for drug and illegal weapons possession.

"It appears he's the intended victim, exclusively the father," said Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy. "He's in a lot of pain."

The Rev. Corey Brooks, acting spokesman for the family, said the New Beginnings Church in Woodlawn was offering a $5,000 reward leading to the gunman.

"We're going to help find who did this," Brooks said. "We're going to take back our neighborhood, we're going to find who did this."

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