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CPD Supt. McCarthy: Slain infant’s father intended target of shooting

A baby has died one day after she and her father were targeted by an unknown gunman.

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy says the baby’s father was the intended target.

Monday’s shooting happened in the 6500 block of South Maryland, in the Woodlawn neighborhood. Police say 28-year-old Jonathan Watkins was changing Joneyela Watkins’s diaper in the front seat of a minivan, when someone walked up and fired several shots.

The baby was shot five times, including in her lungs, liver, bowel, leg, and shoulder.

The baby underwent surgery at Comer Children’s Hospital, where she was pronounced dead Tuesday morning.

“This morning, the baby passed away,” said the Rev. Corey Brooks.  “We have another tragedy in the city of Chicago.”

“They went through several surgeries.  A lot of the bleeding, they could not stop.  There was some complications with the liver and lungs,” said Brooks.

The baby’s father remains hospitalized at Northwestern Hospital in serious but stable condition.

Police have made no arrests.

Police say the shooter ran to a blue conversion van in a nearby parking lot and sped away.

“It’s hard to see the progress sometimes that’s being made in reducing violence and that’s for a very simple reason: as long as we have one victim in this city, particularly the tragedy of a child, it’s hard to recognize, ” said Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy at a news conference Tuesday.

Police are searching the area forsurveillance video but say at this point, they have no good witnesses other than the father. And he’s in no condition to cooperate. He was the intended target, McCarthy said at the news conference, not Joneyela

“No child, and certainly not an infant, should be the victim of gang violence,” McCarthy said.

Pastor Corey Brooks of New Beginnings Church is offering $6,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

“The city of Chicago should be outraged that, in our city, a six-month-old baby could be shot and killed.  It’s horrific,” said Brooks.

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