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Baby Girl, Father Shot On South Side

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Jonylah Watkins was shot on the South Side. (Credit: Facebook)

Jonylah Watkins was shot on the South Side. (Credit: Facebook)

CHICAGO (CBS) — A man and his six-month-old daughter were shot in the Woodlawn neighborhood Monday afternoon in a shooting that authorities say appeared to be gang-related.

The baby was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where she was in critical condition after surgery.

The 28-year-old father and his baby were inside a minivan parked in the 6500 block of South Maryland at 12:45 p.m. when a man reportedly came out of the alley and opened fire, police sources tell CBS 2. The father had been changing the girl’s diaper.

Police say the offender escaped in a blue conversion van.

Speaking about the at-large shooter, the girl’s grandmother, Maryann Young, had this to say: “It was very cowardly. Turn yourself in.”

Relatives identified the injured girl as Jonylah Watkins. Her father was shot in the left buttock and suffered a graze wound to the face, police said. He was taken to Northwestern.

Sources told CBS 2 that the adult in the incident has documented gang affiliation.

Police were collecting evidence at the scene. A minivan with a shattered window was parked along the curb and cordoned off by crime-scene tape.

A $6,000 reward is being offered for information that helps find the shooter.