Updated 03/12/13 – 10:00 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — A 6-month-old girl died Tuesday morning, hours after she and her father were shot multiple times while he was changing her diaper in the family van in the Woodlawn neighborhood — a crime the mayor described as “a senseless, despicable act.”
Jonylah Watkins died at the University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital on Tuesday, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. She had been in the hospital’s intensive care unit, after undergoing surgery for multiple gunshot wounds on Monday.
Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said Tuesday that the shooting is very likely gang related, but police don’t have a strong witness at this point. Investigators believe Jonathan Watkins was targeted, and Jonylah was an innocent victim of warring gangs.
“This is another tragedy, because no child – and certainly not an infant – should be the victim of gang violence,” McCarthy said. “There are going to be good days, and there’s gonna be bad days, and today is obviously a bad day.”