With few tips to work from, Chicago detectives are continuing to piece together the murder of 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins who was shot five times Monday on the city’s South Side. The infant was killed while having her diaper changed by her father Jonathan Watkins, the intended target.
The 29-year-old man was still hospitalized Wednesday morning after being shot in his left side, right buttock and sustaining a graze wound to the face. Both father and daughter were hit when an unidentified man walked up to Watkins’ minivan and opened fire.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports Watkins is cooperating with police from his hospital bed, but has no idea who shot him. An $11,000 reward is being offered in the case.
According to ABC 7 Chicago, the family’s spokesman Reverend Corey Brooks said injured Bulls star Derrick Rose has offered to pay for Jonylah’s funeral.
“These persons who committed this horrible crime, we guarantee you they will be brought to justice,” Brooks explained Tuesday. Approximately 200 people, including Jonylah’s mother Judy Watkins, gathered at a vigil held later that night at the site of the fatal shooting.
“When I find him, he’s going to jail,” Watkins told DNAinfo.com. The 20-year-old mother was shot in the leg last spring while pregnant with Jonylah.
As of Wednesday, police said they had some leads, including security camera footage of the gunman leaving the scene in a blue van. They believe the shooting was gang related.
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