A 6-month-old baby girl is in serious condition after being shot multiple times along with her father Monday afternoon on Chicago’s South Side during a drive-by shooting.
Her father, identified as Jonathan Watkins, was changing the baby’s diaper at around 12:48 p.m. when shots were fired, DNAinfo Chicago reported. Reports differed as to the father’s age; DNAinfo listed Watkins as 25 while the Chicago Tribune reported his age as 28.
The gunman started shooting by the front door of Watkins’ van, which was open because he was changing little Johnylah’s diaper.
The baby was shot in the shoulder, with the bullet lodging in her left thigh, police told the Tribune. Her father was shot in the left side, right buttocks and suffered a graze wound to his left cheek.
Both baby and father are in serious-to-critical condition, according to DNAinfo Chicago.
Johnylah’s aunt, Casha Moore, heard the shots being fired.
“It was so loud,” Moore, 18, told DNAinfo Chicago. “So, so loud. It was a big gun.”
The girl’s mother, identified by DNAinfo Chicago as 21-year-old Judy Watkins, was working at McDonald’s during the time of the drive-by shooting, the Tribune reported.
Maryann Young, the baby’s grandmother, said the area is too dangerous to raise children.
"It's too much shooting over there," she said. "I'm trying to get my kids out of there."
Police were looking at surveillance footage for any clues on the gunman, the Tribune reported. The paper added that the father is affiliated with a gang, with DNAinfo quoting police as saying Watkins belonged to the Gangster Disciples.
The shooter fled to a nearby alley and may have escaped in a blue van, Chicago Police Department spokesman John Mirabelli told DNAinfo Chicago.
The child’s mother had been shot while she was pregnant with the child, DNAinfo Chicago reported.