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Man charged in shooting death of 6-month old Jonylah Watkins

The Chicago Police Department charged a man in the fatal shooting of 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins.

Police say 33-year-old Komen Willis was targeting Jonylah’s father Jonathan Watkins. Police say Watkins stole a video gaming system and the owner, Willis, came with a gun looking for revenge .

Jonylah was shot on March 11 as she sat with her father in a parked minivan near the intersection of 65th Street and Maryland.

Jonylah Watkins was rushed to Northwestern Hospital where she clung to life and died the following day.

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Residents in the Woodlawn neighborhood gathered Tuesday night to remember the baby who died early Tuesday after being shot Monday.

The grieving community turned their anger and sadness into a call for action. They are determined to catch the killer.

6-month-old Jonylah Watkins was shot multiple times Monday afternoon as her father changed her diaper inside a van. Police say the gunman blindsided his intended target, 25-year-old Jonathan Watkins, and killed the baby instead.

The spot where the baby died is covered with messages of love and loss.  Residents stood united tonight and passed out fliers spreading the news about a killer on the loose.  Some mothers shared their feelings, having lost their kids to gang violence, too.  Anjinette Labert lost her son Darian in 2009. He was beaten to death. Diana Aguilar’s 6-year-old daughter Aliyah died in her arms almost one year to the day. Esther Stroud’s son was stabbed to death in 2008. Their sadness is palpable.

The neighborhood wants answers and wants the gunman to give himself up.Baby dies after being shot; City leaders speak out

Police are asking for the public’s help to find the gunman.  There is an $11,000 reward for the person who breaks the code of silence and turns him in.

Earlier in the day, city leaders like Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke out in anger and frustration over the shooting.  Emanuel called the shooting “senseless and despicable.”

The baby’s father Jonathan Watkins is in serious condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Gang violence has claimed the life of a 6-month-old baby.

The child’s father survived. Police say he was the intended target.  They say he has yet to enlighten police which is not helping solve the murder of his own daughter.

Jonylah Watkins was inside a minivan on the city’s south side yesterday afternoon. Her father, Jonathan,  was changing the child’s diaper when gun shots rang out and the infant was struck multiple times. She underwent several surgeries at Comer Children’s Hospital and died today.

Today the child’s mother visited the crime scene surrounded by family and friends.

The baby’s father remains at Northwestern Hospital, police say still unable to help with the investigation.

As police search for young Jonylah’s killer, they are trying to find anyone who  saw something yesterday to help take one more gunman off the street.

“At this point we don’t really have a good cooperating witness,” Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said.

20th Ward Alderman Willie Cochran took an unconventional approach to reducing gang violence. With some help, he says has spoken to  gang leaders telling them not to protect anyone killing the innocent caught in gang crossfire.

Mayor Emanuel also spoke out on the shooting and called it “senseless and despicable.”

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel comments of shooting death of 6-month-old girl on south side

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.

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy explains in a March 12 press conference that based on ballistics and the position of the father and the baby involved in the March 11 South Side drive-by shooting, the shooter “was shooting at the father.” (WGN TV)

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy explains during a March 12 press conference for the fatal shooting of 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins that the department currently does not have many cooperative witnesses. (WGN TV)

6-month old shot on South Side and dies in hospital.

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.