One-year-old Antiq Hennis was shot and killed while being pushed along in his stroller on the streets of Brooklyn Sunday, New York police are saying. And it appears that the bullet that took his life, not to mention the other three shots fired, may have been targeting the child's father.
The Associated Press reported (via Yahoo News) Sept. 2 that police were investigating the shooting death of little Antiq Hennis as gang-related. NYPD police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said that the child's father, Anthony Hennis, was not cooperating with investigators. However, he would not elaborate.
The New York Daily News quoted Kelly as saying, “He has not answered questions. We're still trying to obviously determine his contacts — and he has an extensive arrest record so we are looking into his relationships.”
The Daily News also reported that Hennis has been arrested 23 times, mostly for drugs. He is 21 years old.
The paper also reported that community activists have told police they know the identity of the killer. Along those lines, Commissioner Kelly would only acknowledge that his men were making progress. "We have some leads and those leads are being aggressively followed,” he said.
Antiq Hennis was picked up from where he lived with his mother, Cherise Miller, by Anthony Hennis for a visit with Hennis' grandmother. Shots rang out and Hennis' grandmother, Lenore Steele, says she heard the shots herself before her grandson ran up to her, crying that his one-year-old baby had been shot.
Police found four shell casings near the scene of the shooting. Two of the bullets had passed through the stroller. One bullet struck little Antiq in the head. He was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Antiq Hennis is at least the second one-year-old to be shot while in his stroller this year. In March, according to the Associated Press, Sherry West told police she was walking home from a post office in Brunswick, Ga., when she and her her 13-month-old son was confronted by a gunman. After demanding her purse, the man shot her in the leg and then shot at the child in the stroller, killing him. Just two days before young Hennis was shot in New York, 18-year-old De'Marquise Elkins was found guilty of murdering Antonio Santiago.