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Six-Month-Old Girl Dies After Being Shot Multiple Times as Her Father Changed Her Diaper Outside Chicago Home


"We don't have cooperating witnesses."

Six-month-old Jonylah Watkins and her father Jonathan were shot multiple times on Monday by an unknown gunman.

Jonylah's father was changing her diaper in the front seat of the family minivan, which was parked in front of their Chicago home, when the gunman approached them and started shooting.

The little girl was shot five times. She died on Tuesday. Her father sustained wounds to his side, buttocks, and face. He is in serious (but stable) condition at Northwestern Hospital:

"Police are looking for the killer, who jumped into a blue van after the shooting on the city's South Side and drove away," CNN reports.

The gunman was "was firing at the father, and exclusively at the father," according to Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy.

As of this writing, no one has stepped forward to help the police, according to McCarthy.

"We don't have one individual who's stepping up to help us," he said. "We don't have cooperating witnesses."

The father, though in poor condition, was able to give a phone interview to the Chicago Sun-Times.

"I was trying to help. I was trying to help. I was trying to help her," he said, referring to his daughter. "They told me she didn't make it."

Officer McCarthy told reporters on Tuesday that they haven't ruled out gang violence.

"Police say Jonathan Watkins, the infant's father, was the likely target in the shooting because he belongs to a gang and has a long criminal history," CBS News reports.

Patricia McGowan, who lives near the shooting, weighed in on the tragedy [via NBC Chicago]:

There is always gunshots and crime in the neighborhood, always drug activity in the neighborhood. ... It's heartbreaking ... We're looking for a place to move out immediately because that could have easily been me coming from the bus.

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Featured image Anthony Ponce.

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