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.

81 comments

  • Evg. Linda Henderson

    Father in the Name of Jesus, replace sadness with joy even during the difficult time. Another Angel has gone home. Peace be with family. Let Jesus's loving arms surrounding you. Praying for you.

  • Just sayin

    I hope the people in Chicago do not rest and become numb to these events as part of everyday life in Chicago. I hope they find the coward that did it. I hope the community finds the strength it needs to stand up against it.

  • RLC2BFREE

    I am crying tears for this baby and her family. May she rest in peace.
    Chicago cannot become so used to this type of violence that no one speaks up and turns in the killer of this baby.

  • Camillia Williams

    Lord please comfort this family, and give the police the means to bring the killer to justice. This is an absolute tragedy and we need to stop this madness, killing the babies (rather 6 months or 19 years) is just too much. RIP

  • Dwayne

    When we as a community of citizens (African Americans) decide to change our culture of "its about me and mine" and return to what has helped us to survive, " taking a community to raise a child and taking a church to raise a community", then will this madness change. A time not long ago when the parents of the community worked together to raise our children allowed us to grow together, play together, learn together, work together, those days need to return.!!!!!

  • Lisa

    I don't understand why the mayor doesn't put a SWAT officer or a cop on EVERY corner and arm them with massive military rifles. I bet these gang members would stop shooting innocent people if they knew they would be pumped full of bullets when they got to the end of the block. Common sense. Put police on the streets. On every street and every corner. Enforce a curfew in these neighborhoods. When babies and innocent teenagers are getting murdered it's time to start a WAR AGAINST GANGS.

    STOP asking God for comfort and help after these things happen. If we are proactive then maybe they won't happen in the first place.

    • In1Ear&OutUrMother

      because they don't have the $$$ to afford it…. PLUS this happened int he DAYTIME so your 1st comment is irrelevant. Unless the neighborhood steps up and takes charge, no one will and murders will go on and on….

    • Rose

      As a southside Chicago resident who works in the Englewood area suggest that you round up all hardcore gang members who are trigger happy and induct them into the military. They want to shoot someone at least put it to good use and be more productive about it. Killing innocent people is only gonna get you time in jail or time in hell.

    • Danielle

      What should the curfew be since this happened in the afternoon 9am???? You don't EVER stop asking GOD for comfort! If you lost a child or family member you'd cry out Dear God help me too. We need God at this time, put these gang members in Church or like the other person said send them all straight to the military. Most of them wouldn't even survive boot camp.

    • MWS

      Please. Chicago is a GREAT city. It's trashy neighborhoods like this one that need to be burnd down and the animals living in said neighborhood relocated to their own island to kill each other off. It is their way after all.

    • Pamela

      Seriously??!! There are still INNOCENT, HARD WORKING people that LIVE and WORK in the great city of Chicago…What needs to happen is that they get STRICT gun laws AND STICK TO THEM!!!….get all the croocked and corrupt POLICE OFFICERS out and get some GOOD HONEST police officers to take their place. Enough INNOCENT people are being killed WITHOUT burning Chicago to the ground….People please make intelligent, accurate comments or SHUT THE F&*% UP!!!

  • DIANA

    WOW THIS IS SO SAD,LORD PLEASE KEEP THE FAMILY UNDER UR WINGS FOR I KNOW THIS IS A HARD PILL TO SWALLOWED.A BABY A BABY COME ON NOW THIS IS JUST BLUNT CRAZY.WHEN IS THIS MADNESS GOING TO STOP?

    • Anonymous

      Yep putting Chicago in your rear view mirror is the best thing you can do for yourself and your family. Civilized people don’t live like this. These killings are the direct result of piss poor parenting. No we all must suffer and worry about our children cause someone else didn’t raise theirs!

    • lilpezzy

      they need to do something i dont know whhy her dumb ass daddy go in a neighborhood he not wanted in or cant go because he in a different gang the father not gonna live either watch cause he in serious condition who ever did know what that did and intended on doing it to the father not the baby but i guess the shooter shot the closet thing to him which is a stupid ass move but you better believe when they do catch him he anit finna get no short time he gon be a long long time gone

  • adriana

    This is so sad, A baby tho really! He should be ashamed! It makes me sick to my stomach to even read this! But this has become a way of living in this city tho! As soon as I get the chance me and my 6 month old are Leave here and Never Looking Back!!

    #keeping this family in my prayers! R.I.P BABYGIRL

  • shameka

    ohh lord guide this family in the healing path that they need to get thru this tragic moment of their lives. lord put your hands on the soul of the murderer and make him suffer til he realize what he havedone. Lord guide the police officers and help them in finding this boy because he need to be touched. what ever went on in his head he should have thought twice before pulling that trigger when he sent that innocent baby, but the devil working these street and hes taking control of our young ones. we as parent, leader, teachers etc…. need to reach out and help those that are in need of advice. lord help us lord guide us ohh lord strengthen us so we could stop the killings, the violent, the wars, the murders, the raping, the every SIN that needs to stop have to STOP. these innocent babies cant even imagine how it is to live life because of the mess in the USA this have to stop. to the family my prayer goes up everyday until that blessings come down to you all that they have found her murderer. may god be with you and may she rest in paridise PRETTY WINGS SWEETY god bless

  • GIBSON

    the father was a gang banger – this was a targeted gang shooting. Momma got shot while she was pregnant with this poor baby. Although tragic – lets remember he was a gang member. He put his own daughter in jeopardy.

    • Chile, Please!

      Are you serious? The mother was shot while pregnant with this precious baby?! Oh, I'm too outdone!!!

      This beautiful angel is truly with her Father in Heaven where she will NEVER again know harm.

  • Annoyed in Chicago

    It is not the city of Chicago, it is the low income neighborhoods where gangs are allowed and encouraged to run free by the residents of these neighborhoods. Of course there was gang affiliation with the father and mother! I am pretty sure there is no one innocent here except for that poor baby. These parents with gang affiliations need to get it together, especially when you have children you are supposed to be caring for. Unfortuante situation for sure but the city of Chicago is not to blame, it is the cowards and parents who participate in gang activity and live in these low income neighborhoods putting their children at risk. The cops have a hard enough time doing their jobs without having to be proper "parents" to all of the kids growing up in these environments and neighborhoods.

    • Chile, Please!

      Amen @Annoyed.

      I was just asking why aren't the police investigating whoever threatened the trifling father with gun violence on his FB page last Sunday. That IS gang-affiliated, I don't care what anybody says. smh

  • TATTED

    PEOPLE BETTER WAKE UP GOD IS ON HIS WAY BACK GET YOUR LIFE IN ORDER I'M READY TO TAKE MY BABY AND GET OUT OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS AKA CHIRAQ KILLANOIS. THESE PEOPLE DON'T FEAR ANYTHING TO TAKE A LIFE SO YOUNG AND PURE. I'M SITTING HERE WITH TEARS BECAUSE THIS HAS HIT A SPOT. GOD BLESS YOU AND R.I.P SWEET BEAUTIFUL ANGEL

  • Will

    good job black people…all the Jesus in the world can't save you…go to school, get a job, take care of your family-signed a black guy

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