U.S. - 6-Month-Old Baby Shot Five Times, Dies

U.S. - 6-Month-Old Baby Shot Five Times, Dies

U.S. - 6-Month-Old Baby Shot Five Times, Dies

Chicago, U.S. - A 6-month-old baby has died after she was shot Monday while her father was changing her diaper. 

Johnylah Watkins passed away Tuesday morning, Chicago Pastor Corey Brooks confirmed. Johnylah's father, identified by family members as 28-year-old Jonathan Watkins, remains in critical condition.

He was bent over the girl to change her on the front passenger seat of the family van when the shooting occurred, police said.

Johnylah and Watkins were both taken to hospitals in critical condition after shots rang out at about 12:45 p.m. Monday.

"The city of Chicago should be outraged that a 6-month-old baby could be shot and killed in our city," Brooks said. "It's horrific."

Brooks said the baby's mother is distraught and in a lot of pain. "We're going to find who did this and make sure they are brought to justice," he said. "We're not going to be afraid. We're going to take back our neighborhood."

Police were still looking for the shooter, who ran up behind Watkins, fired, and then took off to a nearby blue conversion van.

Bullets struck Jonathan Watkins in the buttocks and on the right side of his face. His young daughter was hit five times: in the thigh, shoulder, lung, liver and bowels, the family later said. Witnesses reported hearing at least 10 gunshots.

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

Police said Watkins has known gang affiliations.

The girl's grandmother, Mary Young, said her daughter Judy Young and Watkins were just recently married.

Judy was grazed by a bullet in the knee about seven months ago, she said, while Johnylah was still in the womb.

"She isn't nothing but six months old," said the girl's grandmother, "How could anybody -- what kind of heart?"

Pastor Brooks has offered a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the little girl's shooter.

U.S. - 6-Month-Old Baby Shot Five Times, Dies

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