Here’s a wild thought: How about controlling the gangbangers terrorizing the city of Chicago? Is that such a unique idea? What will it take for these morons to realize disarming the law-abiding public is not the answer to their problems?
City Council will consider stricter gun laws in Chicago on Wednesday, one day after a 6-month-old baby girl was shot five times while her father changed her diaper – she did not survive.
Jonylah Watkins’ father, Jonathan, was changing her in their parked minivan near 65th and Maryland on Monday afternoon. He was also shot multiple times.
Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said in a press conference Tuesday that Jonathan Watkins is most likely the intended target. McCarthy acknowledged the father has an extensive criminal history, and a police source said Watkins has more than 30 prior arrests. Police sources told FOX 32 News that he also has gang ties.
A police source said Jonathan Watkins may have been targeted in retaliation for alleged links to an earlier robbery and shooting.
“We’re not clear at this point if he’s cooperating,” McCarthy said of Watkins.
Watkins was recovering from bullet wounds at Northwestern Memorial Hospital as a funeral was planned for his daughter, Jonylah.
While police are exploring several different angles to the investigation, McCarthy said Tuesday that “there are very strong gang overtones to this event.”
Police sources say Watkins, 29, is a gang member who has been arrested 30 times, including once in 2007 police for illegal possession of a 9mm handgun, which he told police he was carrying for protection, court records show. He received a three-year prison sentence.
And celebrities voiced their thoughts, too. Russell Simmons, one of the founders of Def Jam Recordings, posted: “Sending prayers to Jonylah Watkins, the 6-month-old who was shot yesterday has passed.”
Is that the same Russell Simmons who employs gun-toting gangbangers? Why, yes, yes it is.
Meanwhile, Lil Durk wrote he was also praying for the girl. The rapper’s real name is Durk Banks. He is signed to Def Jam.
Lil Durk, a pal of Chief Keef and Lil Reese, himself has had his share of gun-related troubles. He’s currently on parole for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, according to authorities. (He said he’s matured since he was charged in 2011.) And he and his allies were rival rappers of murdered rapper Lil Jojo (Joseph Coleman), who wrote a rap attacking Lil Durk before he was slain. (Lil Durk said he had nothing to do with the feud and wasn’t responding to Lil Jojo’s attacks.)