A 1-year-old was fatally shot in New York City Sunday evening with a bullet witnesses say was intended for his father.
Anthony Hennis, 21, was pushing his son Antiq Hennis, who neighbors said celebrated his first birthday in May, in a stroller not far from the family's Brooklyn home around 7:20 p.m. Sunday when four shots rang out.
Sources said the child's father ran away from the stroller to try and draw the gunfire away from his son, but it was too late. One bullet had pierced Antiq Hennis in the side of the head.
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"[Anthony Hennis] was screaming 'My baby got shot.' He was going crazy," witness Gina Gamboa, 22, told the New York Daily News.
"The baby was breathing, but his eyes were closed. It's crazy. They just will start shooting."
The 1-year-old was rushed to Brookdale University Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Detectives believe the shooting was intended for Anthony Hennis, retaliation for an earlier dispute. Hennis reportedly has a lengthy rap sheet, including more than 20 arrests, according to the Daily News. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the crime could have been gang-related.
No arrests have yet been made.
Antiq Hennis is the 16th victim under 16 to be shot on city streets since mid-May and the second to die, according to the Daily News.
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"The family is shocked and devastated," Councilman Charles Barron told reporters after visiting the baby's parents Sunday. "The child didn’t even get a chance to start his life, and now it’s over."
"He just started walking. He was vibrant. He was full of life," Chris Dobson, Antiq's great-uncle, said. "I can’t believe it."
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