/‘They just shot my baby,’ says father, moments after 7-year-old daughter killed at McDonald’s in Homan Square

‘They just shot my baby,’ says father, moments after 7-year-old daughter killed at McDonald’s in Homan Square


A 7-year-old girl was killed and her father was seriously wounded in a shooting Sunday at a McDonald’s in the Homan Square neighborhood.

The father, Jontae Adams, 28, and his daughter, Jaslyn, were in a car about 4:20 p.m. in a McDonald’s parking lot in the 3200 block of West Roosevelt Road when they were shot, Chicago police said. A McDonald’s employee, who asked not to be named, said two people got out of a gray car in the drive-thru and started shooting at the victim’s car.

Jontae Adams frantically called his mother, Lawanda McMullen, after the shooting.

“He said, ‘Ma, come get me. They just shot my baby,’” McMullen recalled.

The girl, who has three siblings, was shot repeatedly and was taken by police officers to Stroger Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, police said.

Chicago Police on Sunday evening investigate a shooting scene where a 7-year-old girl was shot and killed, and her father was seriously wounded while in their car at a McDonald’s in the Homan Square neighborhood.

Chicago Police on Sunday evening investigate a shooting scene where a 7-year-old girl was shot and killed, and her father was seriously wounded while in their car at a McDonald’s in the Homan Square neighborhood.
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Her father was shot in the torso and also taken to Stroger, where his condition was listed as serious, police said.

Jaslyn’s aunt, Tawny McMullen, said her niece was a “beautiful” and “really sweet child.”

McMullen said Jaslyn was best friends with her 8-year-old daughter.

Lawanda McMullen said her granddaughter loved to dance and make TikToks.

Joslyn was a student at Cameron Elementary School. She was nicknamed Pinky “because she was bright” and pink was her favorite color, family members said.

Outside Stroger Hospital, family members begged for an end to violence.

“Put the guns down,” Tawny McMullen pleaded as tears streamed down her face. “Our kids want to play, my kids can’t even go out the door because of [the violence.] Please put the guns down, please. My 8-year-old baby says she don’t even want to go outside to play because she’s scared she’s going to get shot. This has gotta stop.”

Other community activists, including an emotional Andrew Holmes, also called for a ceasefire.

“You just took away somebody’s queen. You just took away a mother’s daughter. You just put hurt on the father — for what?” said Holmes, who called the shooting “senseless.”

“Every parent has taken a child to McDonald’s to get something to eat. Not to get some bullets. To the shooter, why? Why? If you had any kids, have you ever taken your kids to McDonald’s?”

Marvin Edwards, president of 100 Men Standing, a Cabrini-Green group advocating against gun violence, encouraged anyone with information relating to the shooting to come forward.

“We are sick and tired of this. It makes no damn sense,” Edwards said. “Whoever pulled this trigger on this young lady and took her life, trying to get something to eat from McDonald’s, whoever housing these individuals, turn these people in . . . We are pleading with you, do not let this go undone. Turn them in right away. This family are going through living hell right now because of the acts of some fools.”

People can leave anonymous tips by calling 1-800-U-TELL-US or by messaging CPD’s text line at 274637.

No arrests have been made.

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