Chicago Baby Dead from Gang Violence
In an extremely sad story, Reuters reported that a 6-month-old baby was killed, apparently in a gang-related attack. Jonathan Watkins was changing his daughter’s diaper in the front seat of his car when he was shot. The attackers also managed to shoot baby Jonylah Watkins five times. She was pronounced dead after undergoing surgery to save her life.
Police are currently unsure whether Watkins was affiliated with a gang, but the nature of the shooting does seem to be gun related. The shooter was picked up in a blue van immediately after shooting the two victims. Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said in at a press conference that it was obvious someone was targeting the father specifically. This tragedy comes very close on the heels of the shooting that killed Hadiyah Pendleton, the teenage girl who was killed just days after performing at President Obama’s inauguration this January. Chicago has experienced nearly 50 homicides this year.