1-year-old shot: The one-year-old boy who was shot in the head on Sunday just had his first haircut two weeks ago. “I couldn't look at the stroller. The ambulance came and that was it. I got in the ambulance. My son was breathing. And I just saw the blood coming out. There was a lot of blood," said the one-year-old boy’s mother about the shooting of her little baby, according to a Sept. 3, 2013, ABC News report.
Unlike the shot one-year-old boy’s mother, the father remains silent and uncooperative in the investigation.
On Sunday night around 7 p.m., the one-year-old boy’s father, 21-year-old Anthony Hennis, picked up his son at the baby’s mother’s place in Brooklyn to take him to visit Anthony Hennis’ mother, the baby’s grandmother.
While pushing the stroller with his one-year-old boy inside on the corner of Livonia Avenue and Bristol Street in the Marcus Garvey Village project in Brownsville, four shots were fired towards the stroller.
The one-year-old boy was hit by two of the shots in the left side of the head.
One eyewitness told the police that she saw one man running away and another man standing near the stroller. “The man standing by the stroller began to run, too, Ms. Gamboa said, but came back for the child. The baby’s head was to the side. The stroller, she added, was covered in blood.”
Since the father of the one-year-old is not cooperating and the investigation is ongoing, it is unclear whether the father ran away from the stroller and then came back or if the other man returned. Police are asking the public for help in the investigation. (See contact numbers below.)
According to ABC’s report, the mother of the one-year-old boy, 19-year-old Cherisse Miller, was not at the scene of the shooting.
After her one-year-old baby was shot, a neighbor told her about the gunfire. By the time she had rushed to her son, her baby’s stroller was covered in blood. "I couldn't look at the stroller. The ambulance came and that was it. I got in the ambulance. My son was breathing. And I just saw the blood coming out. There was a lot of blood."
The baby, Antiq Hennis, was pronounced dead at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center.
"My baby was innocent," said the one-year-old boy’s mother who had just lost her own father due to cancer last December.
"My baby's father, it's not his fault. It's just a lot. I don't know what to say right now. I just want to say thank you, and I wish my son was still here."
"After my father died, I got on my knees and I prayed that he'd come back to help me," she said. "And he came back and he took my son."
According to police, the one-year-old boy’s father is a known gang member with 20 prior arrests and police are assuming at this point that the shots fired at the baby were meant for him. He is uncooperative in the investigation into the shooting of his one-year-old son.
“Authorities say they have the street name of the shooter, and community leaders and police are urging him to surrender. Sources say he has served time in jail and may have been recently released from prison.”