A one-year-old was shot and killed while in his stroller taking a walk with his father in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn on Sunday at about 7:20 p.m.. The one-year-old baby was shot with one of four bullets that police believe were directed at his father, according to the Daily News on Sept 2. This child's death has
Shortly after leaving home, little Antiq Hennis was shot by an unidentified gunman. The gunman stepped out of nowhere and aimed the gun at 21-year-old Anthony Hennis, the boy's father. Three of the four bullets discharged didn't make contact with either Antiq or his father, but one bullet did, the one that turned fatal for this baby.
The boy's father was “screaming” and “he was going crazy” said witness Gina Gamboa. After the baby was shot, the baby's eyes were closed, but he was breathing from what Gamboa witnessed. The baby was whisked away in an ambulance to Brookdale Hospital, where he would soon die from the gunshot wound.
Since May, Antiq was at least the 16th child under16-years-old that was shot in the streets of New York City. Antiq was the second child to die from these shootings, according to the Daily News. A bishop on the NYPD has made getting the guns off the streets in this Brownsville section of Brooklyn his life's work. He has seen too much when it comes to guns and their aftermath.
Bishop Willie Billips, a member of the NYPD Clergy Task Force, got a call about the shooting of a child and made his way to the hospital. When he arrived, he saw the young couple huddled together in a corner of the ER waiting room. He was there when the parents were told that Antiq had passed away. Cherise Miller was the baby's mother.
Both parents “collapsed into sobs,” said Billips. He went on to say the child had been cleaned up so the parents could view him. Billips accompanied the couple into the room where the baby lay lifeless. The bishop watched as the parents “gazed down at their dead son.” Sobbing uncontrollably the held each other in their arms.
The baby's mother sobbed, “My baby, my baby, my baby, over and over again. Billips said his job was to comfort the parents who were suffering but he had a hard time with his own emotions, Billips said:
“But looking at that innocent baby shot in the head, I was overwhelmed with emotion myself,” he says. “It was my worst moment as a clergyman. It was also the symbol of what my mission is: To rid the streets of guns.”
Commissioner Raymond Kelly reports that Antiq’s father, Anthony Hennis, has a criminal record and refused to cooperate with police in this investigation. He didn’t elaborate on the extent of Hennis's non-compliance with the police. Kelly believes this shooting may have been gang-related and directed at Hennis, but the baby was hit in the barrage of bullets, according to LSJ.com.