Slain Chicago infant's father belonged to a gang: police
Contoria Powers cries while talking on a cell phone after her 6-month-old cousin, Jonylah Watkins, was shot five times while her father was changing her diaper in a parked minivan in Chicago's Woodlawn neighbourhood on March 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Chicago Sun-Times/John H. White)
Published Tuesday, March 12, 2013 10:59AM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, March 12, 2013 12:09PM EDT
CHICAGO -- Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says the father of a slain 6-month-old girl has an extensive criminal background and is a gang member.
McCarthy spoke at a news conference Tuesday hours after Jonylah Watkins succumbed to her wounds. She was shot five times Monday while her father, Jonathan Watkins, was changing her diaper in the front seat of his minivan. He was wounded and is in serious but stable condition.
McCarthy says he's not sure whether the Jonathan Watkins will decide to cooperate with police. He says authorities have surveillance video of a blue van believed to be the gunman's getaway vehicle.
McCarthy says police saturated the neighborhood last night to prevent retaliation for the baby's shooting.