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, 29, in Chicago's Woodlawn neighborhood Monday afternoon, police confirmed this morning, in the latest death in the city's escalating 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 ABCNews.com that they 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 a 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.

 

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Man Pleads Not Guilty To Killing 6-Month-Old Jonylah Watkins

CHICAGO (STMW) — A South Side felon pleaded not guilty Wednesday to killing a baby and wounding her father during a March shooting in the Woodlawn neighborhood.

Koman Willis appeared before Judge Nicholas Ford Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and aggravated battery, according to Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokesman Stephen Campbell.

Willis, of the 7800 block of South St. Lawrence Avenue, 32, is accused of shooting 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins and her father, Jonathan Watkins, on March 11 in the 6500 block of South Maryland. He surrendered to police May 26.

Jonylah was sitting in her dad’s lap in a vehicle when she was shot multiple times, authorities said. She died the next day at the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital. Watkins suffered three gunshot wounds in the attack.

Authorities believe the shootings were in retaliation for Watkins allegedly burglarizing Willis’ mother’s home. A PlayStation video-gaming device was among the items stolen, police said.

Willis has been involved in dozens of drug-related court cases and has also been sentenced to prison for leading police on a chase, according to court records.

He will be back in court for a status hearing on July 22.

 

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