6-month-old baby girl, man shot on South Side

March 11, 2013 9:10:32 PM PDT
A 6-month-old girl and her father were both wounded Monday in a drive-by shooting on Chicago's South Side.

Jonylah Watkins was shot five times and endured more than five hours of surgery Monday afternoon and into the evening. Her aunt tells ABC7 that Jonylah may be headed for more surgery later Monday night.

Relatives kept vigil at the hospital Monday night, praying that Jonylah will recover from the gunshot wounds.

The window was shot out in the vehicle where the baby and her father were sitting when a gunman opened fire. Police say he was changing her diaper.

Jonylah's grandmother got a call moments later.

"She said there was some shooting on the block so I ran over there," Mary Young said.

Jonylah and her 25-year-old father, Jonathan Watkins, were each shot multiple times. Police say he has gang affiliations. He was taken to Northwestern Hospital in serious condition.

"Our whole focus has been the baby," said Rev. Corey Brooks, New Beginnings Church. "We have no idea why the shooting happened, we don't know who was responsible for it."

Police say after firing the shots, the gunman ran to a waiting car and sped off.

Anti-violence activist Andrew Holmes was in the neighborhood a short time after the shooting handing out flyers and looking for witnesses.

"This is a small child, this is borderline for that baby. I'm hoping someone will have a heart and pick up the phone," Holmes said.

"I just want whoever did this, it was very cowardly, and to turn himself in," said Young.

Pastor Brooks said his church is donating $5,000 to add to a reward to help find the suspect who may have been the shooter.

As of Monday night, police said they have no one in custody.


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