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Chicago Baby Shot During Nappy Change Dies
A six-month-old Chicago girl who was shot five times while her father was changing her nappy has died.
The Cook County Medical Examiner's office says Jonylah Watkins died at Comer Children's Hospital a day after she and her father were shot.
The girl's father, Jonathan Watkins, remains in critical condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Police say he has an extensive criminal background and is a gang member.
Officers are not sure whether he will decide to cooperate with them.
Police are scouring the South Side neighbourhood of Woodlawn, where the attack happened.
They have surveillance video of a blue van believed to be the gunman's getaway vehicle.
Witnesses said the gunman approached Jonathan Watkins at around 1pm local time and opened fire on him while he was standing beside his minivan and changing his daughter's nappy. She was on the front seat.
Mr Watkins was shot in the side and buttocks, and suffered a graze wound to his face.
It was not the family's first brush with Chicago's gun violence. The girl's mother, Judy Watkins, was shot in the knee while she was pregnant with Jonylah, according to the woman's mother, Mary Young.
"There's too much shooting over there," Ms Young told reporters. Speaking of her granddaughter, she added: "She's nothing but six months old. How could anybody - what kind of heart?"
Chicago has seen a recent rise in gun violence - much of it gang-related - and registered at least 500 homicides last year for the first time since 2008. In 2011, there were 435 homicides.
Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said homicides were down 26% this year, compared with the same period a year earlier.
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what do you think?
Poor little one, r.i.p......guns, pure evil!
Guns are neither good nor evil. They are metal objects. People are evil.
Yeah they're evil when they're so easy to get and the rest of the idea think its their right to have one
Guns, knives, baseball bats, a fist? Doesn't matter. Its the mind behind them. And America was born out of violence and it should have the right to protect themselves from the impending tyrannical American government.
I agree. It's broken my heart seeing the photo of the baby
As long as the gang problem in American city's don`t involve the establishment . The Government could not care less.Another poor baby with no chance of a full life ,is this the society you want for Britain.
ANOTHER INNOCENT CHILD TAKEN AWAY FROM HER FAMILY AND LOVED ONES........ RIP LITTLE ONE XX
why dont the goverments forget soilders fighting in other countries .bring them home put them on the streets .and declare war on all these gangstas and gangs ..make this law you join these gangs you DIE
you can't get the guns off the gangs but you can operate a policy of eradicating all gang members but no politician will risk losing ethnic minority votes, there are no real people in charge anymore,cowards.
If I put what was on my mind I'd only have my comments removed Sickened and shocked only just about begin to cover it. R.I.P lil Angel :(
shocking, shocking, shocking