(CHICAGO) — A 6-month-old baby has died in a Chicago hospital after being shot five times while her father, the intended target in the shooting, was shot several times and now remains in critical condition.
Jonylah Watkins was shot along with her father Jonathan Watkins, 25, in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood Monday afternoon, in the latest death in the city’s escalation gang violence dilemma.
Baby Jonylah was transported to Comer Children’s Hospital where she underwent five hours of surgery, according to ABC affiliate WLS. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed the baby’s death early Tuesday.
Jonathan Watkins is recovering from his wounds at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Garry McCarthy, Chicago’s police chief, said that Watkins underwent several surgeries and is in critical but stable condition.
Officer Mike Sullivan with the Chicago police department told ABC News that the gunman walked up and fired at Watkins and his child at 12:48 p.m. Monday, then fled in a waiting car.
“He walked up and ran back into a car,” he said. “He fled through an adjacent lot to blue minivan.”
Investigators were searching for the vehicle but do not have any leads, Sullivan said.
Jonathan Watkins has known gang affiliations, according to Sullivan. Investigators believe that the shooting may be gang-related.
Baby Jonylah is the latest death in what is becoming a deadly year for Chicago.
The city’s first week of 2013 saw an average of two murders per day, after the city registered at least 500 homicides last year. In 2011, there were 435 homicides.
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