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CHICAGO — A father was changing his infant daughter’s diaper in a parked minivan when a gunman walked up and shot both Monday afternoon in the South Side’s Woodlawn neighborhood, Chicago police said.

The 6-month-old, identified by family members as Jonylah Watkins, underwent hours of surgery at Comer Children’s Hospital after she was shot in her right shoulder and a bullet lodged in her left thigh, police said. A police spokesman wasn’t sure if she had been shot once or twice. She was in critical condition Monday evening, according to a Fire Department spokesman.

WatkinsJonathan Watkins, 29, was shot in his left side and right buttock and sustained a graze wound to the face, police said. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in serious-to-critical condition, fire officials said.

Police said the gunman emerged on foot from a gangway in the 6500 block of South Maryland Avenue shortly before 1 p.m. and opened fire. Watkins was shot as he stood by the minivan’s open front passenger door changing his daughter’s diaper as she lay on the seat, police said.

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  • Michelle

    It’s all the shooting and killing games our children are and have been watching and playing! Go raise them the right way, spend time with them!

  • Shannon

    Michelle thats not true. I spend quality time with my son and my eldest they both play(ed) the shooting games… They did not turn out like that. I see what you are saying though Some people just arent right in the head if they can do somehting like that. Its truely sad

  • dan

    gun laws wouldnt change the outcome unfortunately,Ill has one of the tightest gunlaws in the nation,we want a quick fix by banning the guns,whats the real roblem GANGS! until we do something ! as the thugs have roots so deep in our citys and towns getting them out of here is to late sad but true

  • SumDumGai

    that is sad. it must have been some stupid gang initiation thing or just some deranged psycho. i hope they catch the bastard.