*In Chicago, 33-year-old Koman Willis was charged today in the shooting death of a 6-month-old baby who was sprayed with bullets as she sat with her father in a parked car almost three months ago.
First-degree murder and aggravated battery charges were filed Monday against Willis, stemming from the March 11 shooting that killed Jonylah Watkins and wounded her father, Jonathan Watkins.
Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said at a news conference that police believe Willis intended to shoot Jonathan Watkins in retaliation for a stolen video game system.
“Jonylah was obviously not the intended target of this assault. Her father, Jonathan, was,” McCarthy said.
He described Willis as a “documented gang member” who had 38 previous arrests.
McCarthy called the charges a “milestone” in the case that rattled the community and said Willis “has been a suspect for a very long time.
“The question was whether or not we could show it in a court of law,” he said.
Willis is scheduled to make his first court appearance Tuesday.
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