Six-month-old Jonylah Watkins was shot five times Monday. She died of her wounds in the hospital Tuesday and no arrests have been made in her shooting death.
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Jonylah Watkins was rushed to Comer Children's Hospital Monday afternoon in serious-to-critical condition after being shot in the 6500 block of South Maryland Avenue in the city's Woodlawn neighborhood around 12:48 p.m. Her father, Jonathan Watkins, had been changing her diaper in the front passenger seat of a Chevy Venture minivan when a gunman approached them and opened fire. He fled in a waiting van.
Jonylah had sustained wounds in her lung, liver, leg, shoulder and bowel or intestine, according to DNAinfo Chicago, and had undergone at least five hours of surgery.
"This morning, the baby passed away," the Rev. Corey Brooks, who is acting as a spokesman for the family, told the Chicago Tribune. "We have another tragedy in the city of Chicago."
"The city of Chicago should be outraged that in our city a 6-month-old baby could be shot and killed," Brooks added Tuesday, according to DNAinfo.
Brooks told the Tribune his Woodlawn-based New Beginnings Church would offer up to a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Jonylah's killer. Another community group also agreed to chip in $1,000, bringing the total reward to $6,000.
Jonylah's father was also wounded in the shooting -- being struck in the side and buttocks, plus a graze wound to his cheek -- and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in serious-to-critical condition. According to NBC Chicago, he remains in critical condition as of Tuesday morning.
Source: Huffington Post