A baby was shot five times when her father stopped his vehicle to change her diaper. The six-month-old baby was reportedly shot as he father leaned into the vehicle to change her diaper in Chicago’s Woodlawn district.
Jonathan Wilkins and his daughter Johnylah were returning home from a visit with the child’s grandmother. Wilkins pulled over and stopped when he noticed his daughter needed her diaper changed.
Wilkins placed his daughter on the passenger seat and leaned into the vehicle to change her diaper.
Witnesses report that a man ran up next to Jonathan Wilkins’ vehicle while he changed his daughter Johnylah ‘s diaper. The suspect opened fire on the father and his daughter before jumping into a van and speeding away from the scene.
Johnylah was immediately transported to Comer Children’s Hospital where she underwent surgery for her injuries. She is currently in critical condition.
Her father was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he is listed in critical condition as well.
Neighbors reported that the neighborhood is known for criminal activity. Gunshots are nothing new in the neighborhood as the area experiences a lot of drug trafficking and gang violence.
Authorities report that Watkins is known to be involved in gang activity. Watkins’ new wife was also the victim of a shooting when she was “grazed by a bullet” while she was pregnant with Johnylah.
As reported by the Chicago Sun-Times, the Rev. Corey Brooks is acting as spokesman for the family. Brooks asks that the community pray for the Wilkins family. The Reverend has offered a $5,000 award for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect who shot the baby five times.
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