In what seems to be an epidemic of babies being killed in senseless acts of gun violence, 1-year-old Antiq Hennis was being pushed in a stroller by his parents around 7:00 p.m. in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, N.Y. on Sept. 1, when three gunshots rang out. One of those bullets caught the baby in the side of the head.
Antiq Hennis was pronounced dead at the Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center a short time later, according to The New York Times.
Initially, police weren't sure about who the actual target of the gunman was, but are saying now that the shooter was going after the baby's father.
A witness in the area, Gina Gamboa, 22, said that she heard the shots and saw one man running from the scene. Gamboa witnessed another man standing near the baby’s 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,” she said. The stroller, she added, was covered in blood.
Immediately after the shooting, residents from the area emerged from their homes yelling “a baby got shot.”
The NYPD cordoned off the nearby streets, not allowing anyone in or out of the immediate area of the shooting.
ABC News reported that a friend of the family, Bishop Willie Billops of the Church of Faith, Hope and Charity, drove Antiq’s parents to the hospital so they could “identify the body of their only child.”
"I'm outraged at the murder of a one-year-old baby," Billops said.
"I grew up in this neighborhood and I've seen a lot — but this is the worst."
The 1-year-old Antiq Hennis was the only casualty in Sunday night’s violence.
No one else was hurt in the shooting and no arrests were reported by late Sunday night.
- Toddler's family plea for an end to gun violence, murder suspects sought (Video)
- Teen, 18, convicted of murder in Ga. toddler shooting
- Innocent 1-year-old girl shot to death on the streets of New Orleans
To receive e-mail alerts to Richard's Domestic Crimes articles, Subscribe Here to Get Instant Updates.
E-mail alerts are free, private and secure, and you won't get any ink on your fingers.