Chicago gun and gang violence has killed another innocent child. Six-month-old Jonylah Watkins was shot five times during a Monday afternoon attack in the South Side neighborhood of Woodlawn. She died Tuesday morning at Comer Children’s Hospital. Jonylah’s father, Jonathan Watkins, was wounded during the shoot-out and is in serious but stable condition, recovering at Northwestern Memorial Hospital from wounds to his side, buttocks and face.
Authorities said the incident occurred around 1 p.m. Monday, was gang-related and they are searching for the getaway van.
According to the Associated Press, witnesses said the attacker approached Watkins while he was standing beside his minivan and changing his daughter’s diaper. She was on the front seat. Her family said Jonylah was shot in the thigh, shoulder, lung, liver and bowels.
Jonathan Watkins belongs to a gang and has a long criminal history. Monday’s attack appears to have been gang-related, Police Chief Garry McCarthy said at a Tuesday news conference. He said police weren’t sure yet whether Watkins will decide to cooperate in the investigation.
“No child, certainly not an infant, should be a victim of gang violence,” McCarthy said.
McCarthy had told reporters Monday that homicides were down 26 percent this year, compared with the same period a year earlier. On Tuesday, he said: “It’s hard to see the progress.”