One-year-old shot: An infant boy, only alive for a year, was fatally shot while his father was pushing him in a stroller on Bristol St. in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Brownsville Sunday evening. Police believe the bullet was meant for his father, in what is being investigated as a gang-related killing, reports UPI on Sept. 2.
Antiq Hennis was in his stroller while father Anthony Hennis, 21-years-old, was pushing him. The two had just left the home of Antiq’s mother and were on their way to visit Hennis' grandmother, Lenore Steele.
“All of a sudden, we hear shots,” Lenore said.
A single shooter fired four shots at Anthony and Antiq. One of the bullets hit Antiq in the head, who was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. Bullet holes pierced the stroller; .45-caliber shell casings were recovered from the scene.
After the gunfire sounded, Hennis ran up to Lenore.
“And he fell on the ground and said, ‘Grandma, my baby got shot! My baby got shot, Grandma!’ Antiq was such a beautiful little baby, smiling and talking to everybody,” Lenore said.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg called the killing “a tragedy for his family, for this community, for the entire city” and said the gun violence in his city must be put to an end.
Since May of this year alone, Antiq becomes the 16th child under the age of 16 to be shot in the streets of New York City. He is the second to die.
Bishop Willie Billips, a member of the NYPD Clergy Task Force, has stood by the side of many parents who have lost loved ones in death. The sight of this tragedy was almost too much for the veteran officer, who said he was “overwhelmed with emotion.”
“I’ve witnessed the aftermath of shootings, stabbings, overdoses, burnt bodies carried from flaming homes, horrific car accidents,” Billips says. “But the sight of this young couple viewing their 1-year-old baby who was slaughtered by a gun in the Brownsville street was the worst I’ve ever witnessed.”
Billips, known among residents as the “Bishop of Bownsville,” has been attempting to rid the Brownsville area of guns for many years.
“It was my worst moment as a clergyman. It was also the symbol of what my mission is: To rid the streets of guns,” Billips said.
The NYC killing comes just days after a 13-month-old infant was shot in the streets of New Orleans.