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6-month-old, father wounded in shooting

A 6-month-old baby and her father were seriously wounded in a shooting on Chicago’s south side this afternoon.

Police say her father, 28-year-old Jonathan Watkins was changing 6-month-old Johneyela Watkins’s diaper in the front seat of a mini van in the 6500 block of South Maryland in the Woodlawn neighborhood when someone walked up and fired through the drivers side window at 12:45 this afternoon.

The baby girl, Johneyela  Watkins was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital.

With tears in their eyes, family members huddled together for hours at the hospital waiting for answers on her injuries.

Baby shot in drive byIt wasn’t until close to seven tonight when surgery was finished and family heard the worst of it.

Pastor Corey Brooks from New Beginnings Church spoke to media and said Johneyela suffered wounds to her lungs, liver, bowels, leg, and shoulder and asked all of Chicago pray for her survival.

Police say the shooter, a male, took off on foot through an adjacent lot and jumped into a blue mini van.

Family members are asking anyone whose involved to please step forward.

The investigation is ongoing.

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61 Comments to “6-month-old, father wounded in shooting”

    bubba said:
    March 11, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    What a surprise it's the Southside.

      toots said:
      March 11, 2013 at 8:32 PM

      It doesnt matter what side it happened on, the fact is a infant was shot. Where the h are you from and why are you so ignorant? Shootings happen all over the city and all over the world. Grow up! Say a prayer for that baby and yourself tonight!

        sarita said:
        March 11, 2013 at 10:27 PM

        Your right it doesn't matter where or to whom it happened it still a baby and she didn't deserved this no matter if her dad was a gang banger or not.I pray to God that she pulls through and be ok.

    kirby1414 said:
    March 11, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    NOthing new here – - And again I'll ask: Where is the National Guard, State Police and other outside agencies that could get the gangbanging murderers off the streets, and in jail (FOR LIFE) or killed – which would be the better thing to happen~

      A john said:
      March 21, 2013 at 2:58 PM

      Killing all the time people r heart.less protect your child from madness on this. Earth

    Demitros K said:
    March 11, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Attention to any youngsters out there looking for an identity in being man: Gangbangers are not men! THEY ARE NO GOOD, YELLOW BELLIED, WUSSY, COWARDS who have to hide in a protective shell of car and fire into a crowd to get one person! They can't settle it like real men and go after him on foot! Nooo! They must be afraid that their widdle boddies ull git hoit! Anybody that uses a gun in offense is a COWARD! A gun should only be used in DEFENSE! Mr. President: PUNISH THESE COWARDS!

      Trish said:
      March 12, 2013 at 7:03 AM

      I totally agree…..you are not a man, you are a coward, I bet if you went fist to cuff half of you would not step into the circle………..COWARDS, just donate your organs now before they are wated on your low life

    Tommy said:
    March 11, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    great job black people

      toots said:
      March 11, 2013 at 8:33 PM

      What's your race?

        ooooooo said:
        March 11, 2013 at 10:15 PM

        Human.

      Chrissy said:
      March 11, 2013 at 11:41 PM

      Oh shut the hell up. What about Adam Lanza who shot up Sandy Hook Elementary School did you say "great job white people" i highly doubt it. Those were children also whom are now scarred for life from that. Gun violence has nothing to do with race, its simply the people who are allowed to get these guns. So before you put a racist comment up on the internet you should really take a moment and think about it. You make yourself seem really ignorant. Next time think before you type please. Have a nice night.

        Toots said:
        March 11, 2013 at 11:54 PM

        You are right violence has nothing to do with race! Only a racist would say dumb ish about blacks. All of the past and recent school shootings have been done by white ppl but that has never made me say great job white ppl. Ignorance has no prejudice but I believe this guy is just a lost soul begging for attention. A persons ethnic background has nothing to do with how they live their lives. It's a choice made by another ignorant person. You are a racist pig so am I able to say the same about ur parents? Did they teach u to b ignorant?

    Ed Reeve said:
    March 11, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    I'm sorry to put it this way but until the police have the authority to KICK ASS then nothing will ever change.

      CLAIRE MARTIN said:
      March 12, 2013 at 8:11 AM

      I AGREE WITH YOU ED REEVE!!!! GIVE BACK THE AUTHORITY TO THE POLICE…….LET THEM POLICE…….PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!

      Lloyd Christmas said:
      March 12, 2013 at 8:51 AM

      couldn't agree more, but with police authority comes the race card. get rid of rev. jackson and i think the police could clean these streets up pretty quickly.

    Don avila said:
    March 11, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Killings on the southside.. Killings on the westside.. No one cares because leaders don't care because parents I mean parents don't care…. Hug your child. Love your child… It's a shame..

    Londa said:
    March 11, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Praying for the baby and father to make it through. As well as the family. This is ridiculous… I mean really – whoever did this – I hope you can read and see the news report – a 6 month old baby. Come on now – when is this going to stop and whoever did it – I know you have friends that you have spoke to or know of what happened – They need to be on the phone right now turning your dumb self in – otherwise they just as guilty..

    Ramiah c Dunbar said:
    March 11, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    CHICAGO NEEDS TO BE PUT ON LOCK DOWN. PERIOD!! OBAMA NEEDS TO MAKE AN EXAMPLE ON ALL THE SENSELESS VIOLENCE IN THIS WORLD! HE SHOULD START BY MAKING HIS HOMETOWN, CHICAGO, HIS 1ST EXAMPLE!! LOCK IT DOWN OBAMA!! RAISE THE CURFEW LAWS RAHM!! SPIRITUAL LEADERS SHOULD DO MORE THAN PREACH A SERMON! GET INVOLVED WITH YOUR COMMUNITIES!! PARENT…SMH… SHOULD SIMPLY BE "GOOD PARENTS", ! bLAQ mYA!!
    blaqmyadagiftedpoet@gmail.com

      Joe don't care said:
      March 12, 2013 at 12:24 AM

      How about a North Korean bomb accidentally hits it ? You never know ? That's how 911 happened ?

    Mick C said:
    March 11, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Hey Chicago, How's that anti gun ban working for ya?

      Trish said:
      March 12, 2013 at 7:04 AM

      I am sick of hearing about a gun ban……….what part of illegal guns, drugs, sex trafficing dont you get……..nothing will stop these animals from obtaining these things no matter who says or bans what………only death will take care of that………..Quinn bring back the death penalty and shorten the sentences.

    John said:
    March 11, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Politicians have ALL KINDS of ideas of how to take guns away from law abiding citizens. When is someone going to have the guts to take some guns away from CRIMINALS?

      Shank em said:
      March 12, 2013 at 12:57 AM

      Well depending if the criminals are defending or thugging that's the question ?

      Charlotte said:
      March 12, 2013 at 8:52 AM

      John, you nailed it. Because the government can't control the outlaws, we law abiding citizens are their target. New York State is trying to enforce crazy gun laws but we are fighting it because we follow the rules.

    BLAQ MYA said:
    March 11, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    OBAMA NEED TO MAKE AN EXAMPLE OF ALL THE SENSELESS VIOLENCE IN THIS COUNTRY WHILE HE HAS THE POWER TO! HE SHOULD START BY MAKING HIS HOMETOWN, CHICAGO, HIS 1ST EXAMPLE!! PUT US (chicago) ON LOCK DOWN!! PERIOD!! CHANGE THE GUN LAWS TO, " IF YOUR CAUGHT WITH A GUN YOU WILL GET AN AUTOMATIC 25 YEARS IN JAIL", FOR AGES 14(high school ages) & UP!! RAISE THE CURFEW LAW TO 21 RAHM & DEMAND THAT THE POLICE TO DO THEIR JOBS OF ENFORCING IT INSTEAD OF PLOTTING TO RIP OFF THE GUYS OR LAY UP WITH THAT ONE BIG BOOTY CHICK OR FAKE AN INJURY SO WE.".THE BEING KILLED CITIZENS", CAN FOOT THE BILL IN OUR HIGH A** TAXES!! ALOT OF OUR "SPIRITUAL LEADERS" SHOULD DO MORE THAN JUST PREACH A SERMON! GET INVOLVED WITH YOUR COMMUNITIES INSTEAD OF WAITING TIL THE MISHAPS/ DEATHS, MAKE NEWS TO GET YOUR 15 MINS OF " I CARE", FAME!! PARENT…SMH… PARENTS SHOULD SIMPLY BE THAT GOOD," BIG MAMA" TYPE OF PARENTS"! bLAQ mYA!! (YIWT!..yes i went there!)
    blaqmyadagiftedpoet@gmail.com

      Nicole said:
      March 11, 2013 at 9:28 PM

      "I agree. "

      Truth said:
      March 12, 2013 at 5:11 AM

      Obama is a piece of trash and so is Rahm and Garry

      Lloyd Christmas said:
      March 12, 2013 at 8:55 AM

      now in english please

    Joymar said:
    March 11, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Hey, Jesse! Any comment? Or are you too busy holding your "baby's" hand to worry about some one else's baby. As a man of God, you should be out in the forefront putting a stop to this senseless violence!!!

      Josh said:
      March 11, 2013 at 8:19 PM

      Jesse is still grieving over his good friend Hugo Chavez.

        Haha said:
        March 11, 2013 at 9:08 PM

        Or is fake bipolar loser son!

        Harry said:
        March 11, 2013 at 10:19 PM

        Or his illegitimate daughter.

      kirby1414 said:
      March 11, 2013 at 9:22 PM

      Good one – I forgot about ol' Jesse – Here's still recovering from his expenses paid first class VACATION to attend the funeral of a murderer – - Can't be bothered with Chicago shootings – -And someone else mentioned the bi-polar poser douchebag- – You can only imagine the stress on that one!?! These people are such a hot mess – -

    Nicole said:
    March 11, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    Instantly I just started crying watching the 9oclock news. Putting praying in full gear for that 6month old baby shot 5 times. Im speechless. These shootings are senseless and they never get the intended target. Like I saying praying the baby makes it through.

      Ms Woodard said:
      March 11, 2013 at 9:42 PM

      I concur with you Nicole, and I don't even live in Illinois. I also Pray that the baby and her father both make it thru so that he can continue to spend time with his baby.

    Ms Woodard said:
    March 11, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    This is just sad that Chicago, has gotten this out of control. The baby and the father are in my family Prayers. I hope that if anyone that knows who did this senseless shooting Please come forward and not be as guilty as the person or persons that are responsible for this senseless shooting. I am begging you to turn yourself in and serve your punishment that is waiting for you. GOD knows what you did and for you to do this senseless act to GOD's Angel. Also who ever knows about this stop being afraid and trying to wait for a reward in order to tell who did this. Think of it this way if it was your baby or your family member you would want the person or persons to come forward. I Pray that the person turns himself or themselves in or whoever know about this senseless act turn them in. The LORD should be the only reward that you want and need. Always know that you can get Blessings all kinds of ways and this is what the LORD will want you to do. Stop allowing the devil to use you.

    S jackson said:
    March 11, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    This is not just a Chicago issue,these senceless shooting are happen everywhere in black communities,our people have lost there pride,self respect and diginity.when I was growing up you had 2 or 3 parents that would look after children on the block disclipin them if needed,and knew your parents,most children were call in by the time street lights came on,those were the good days,positive people to look up to,Martin L King,Medgar Evers and Malcom.Alone the way politicans got greedy,middle class became lower class,stripping away jobs,breaking up families,creating black ghettos with house subtain,less education opportunities causing gangbanging and drug dealing to be away of life,these cowards have become role models and no one gives a damn…

    Natalie said:
    March 11, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    I'm praying that this beautiful little angel survives!

    Will i am said:
    March 11, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    The ones that are doing this have nothing to look forward to in life. They rather destroy the life of innocent children. We know who these people are that are doing these acts of violence but are to afraid or just do not care about their self worth. It is past time we stand up and be the people that protect are homes and children. Stop waiting on Jesse or anyone else. They are not coming unless there is money to be made it has been happening far too long. Stand up before it is someone in your family!!!!!!

      First Americans said:
      March 12, 2013 at 12:28 AM

      Bring it!!! its nice and dark and I don't sleep at night ….you have intent when you kick my door after they drag you away…. ill grab a mop to clean up …. that's that

    kirby1414 said:
    March 11, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    When the news said the father was a "known gang member" – He lost my sympathy – and rightly so. He put his lovely baby in harms way. I do hope that the little baby survives and that her mother is smart enough to GET away from a man known as a "known gang member" – - But, in light of today's events, I don't think that will happen. And it's a shame – - and TOO late for her and her family to be crying…she knew that this sub human creature was a gang banger – and that her association with the likes of him would NOT be good. And todays awful crime on her baby shows her and other women that are as stupid as she is, what the future will look like.
    Prayers for the sweet baby – - shame to the mother and sub human father – - Hopefully DCFS will step in and take this little angel to a safe and loving home – and away from KILLERS!

    ms. ref said:
    March 11, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    My prayers go out to that beautiful, precious baby girl- may the LORD be with her and her family. Ima also pray thay CPD do their job & catch the maggot that did this. SMH.

    andre said:
    March 11, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Just plain senseless and to whomever leaving the racist comments this could’ve happen in your own neighbor hood so chill with the black shit and pray for this lil angel family

      Mike Payne said:
      March 12, 2013 at 1:22 AM

      NO ANDRE — it does N O T happen in everybody's "own" neighborhood.

      I'm Black, 63yrs old, and lived on the South Side for 57 of those years in Chatham (before it went to Shyt). The past 6 years I've lived near Naperville (I moved there to be near my job — not moving away from trouble).

      B U T after moving here I've noticed some BIG differences from the South Side:

      1. – If somebody looks "suspicious" — WE CALL THE POLICE RIGHT AWAY to come and investigate them. (And I do it too regularly — and the Police out here are all VERY Happy about it)

      2. – If a crime is committed – People are standing in line to identify the criminal to the Police, and WILL show up in Court to testify against them..

      This is a car suburb – so after Midnight the Police STOP and FRISK E V E R Y B O D Y (White, Black, Green, or Vulcan) and A N Y B O D Y who is walking out here.

      GOOD JOB POLICE

    Wild fall faster said:
    March 12, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    It's not racist…….it a part of culture. they can't get past you ain't gonna punk me attitude. Then get shot, killed, run over, your problems should be at home paying the bills. Not running amok in each others problems then this happens and we ask why. I turn on this as entertainment ….. more whacks are ousting themselves.. better chance for me to have food and a job. Right???

    Fed Up Citizen said:
    March 12, 2013 at 4:13 AM

    so sad that this had to happen to this innocent child! She is in my prayers…

    Niki said:
    March 12, 2013 at 5:09 AM

    The baby is in my prayers-God Bless her innocent little soul however we all know her daddy is some gangbangin piece of sh*t and that's why they were targeted. This wasn't no random shooting. Sorry-wake up people. I hope that daddy feels like the piece of trash he is and I hope the shooter ends up dead.

    Pam S. said:
    March 12, 2013 at 7:19 AM

    I think it's a damn shame, that all the people who lost their lives so that we could, as a race be treated the same as anyone else, would have to witness the self hatred bought on by our own people. I don't think Dr. King's life should be for nothing, he died so that we could be in the place we are in today. I understand we still have a long way to go, but that doesn't justify killing your own race. All throughout history black people has had to fight to exist and just when we have better opportunities than our ancestors, what do we do? kill one another… It makes me sick to my stomach to know so much hatred exists and until we as a people learn to stand together, divided we will always be with the same drama day in and out. GOD'S WILL for that baby will prevail and he will soothe her and hopefully leave her here on earth to be a testimony to glorify his name because only the light can absorb darkness, in other words, only love, real love can take away evil, try it and see how fast it catches on.

    elsie kelly said:
    March 12, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    we need to constantly keep praying

    kraze said:
    March 12, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    used the baby for a human sheild, how does a little baby get shot 5 times ? c'mon

    Denise McFadden said:
    March 12, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Jessie Jackson, PRESIDENT OBAMA, Louis Farrhakan, Oprah Winfrey, BLACK STAR PROJECT. CAN YOU HELP US? Rite Now IM ashmed of ALL OF YOU, Cant you see that it is DYER?? Get out of the comforts that WE helped you attain. AID & ASSIST OUR COMMUNITY.

    Anonymous said:
    March 12, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Wow really a child died!! Stop all this Obama and racism talk..! Show some respect… Smh

    NAKIA said:
    March 12, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    WAKE UP AMERICA! THIS IS A PLEA FOR HELP HERE IN CHICAGO JUNE 24 TH 2009 CHASTITY SIMONE TURNER WAS SHOT WITH HER DAD AND KILLED . SHE WAS ONLY NINE YEARS OLD . TOO MANY OF OUR BABIES ARE BEING KILLED BY GUN VIOLENCE …………………GOD HELP US

    native chicagoen said:
    March 12, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    Back in the day real gang bangers would not shoot and kill innocence people

    marilyn said:
    March 13, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    i say please stop gun. i hate it that get it stop gun to bad gang. I say please no more store get it gun

    jhenrymitch said:
    March 19, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    1st. of all I'ld like to say that to the so called gangsta or wanna be gangsta that the Lord God Almighty has a special place in hell for crap like you where your soul will burn in eternal Hell you can bet on it. 2nd of all to you Chicago residence who reelected your Messiah (as your beloved Oprah called him into office) why is that he is silent on this horrific crime

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