Boy, 1, Shot to Death in Stroller on NYC Street

Monday, 02 Sep 2013 10:58 AM

 

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A 1-year-old boy being pushed in a stroller by his parents was shot in the face while crossing a city street and later died. No arrests have been made.

Antiq Hennis and his parents were walking across a street in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn at about 7:20 p.m. Sunday when shots were fired and the boy was struck, police said.

"I heard three to four shots. ... I saw a man with a stroller screaming: 'My baby got shot! My baby got shot,' " witness Gina Gamboa, 23, told the New York Post (bit.ly/1fsZnns).

"He was going crazy."

The boy was rushed to Brookdale University Hospital with a gunshot wound to the left side of his face but did not survive his injuries, authorities said. He was declared dead at the hospital.

Bishop Willie Billops of the Church of Faith, Hope and Charity, who knows the boy's father, told The Post that he drove the parents to the hospital to identify the body of their only child.

"I'm outraged at the murder of a 1-year-old baby," Billops said.

"I grew up in this neighborhood and I've seen a lot — but this is the worst."

Police have not made any arrests and haven't released any other preliminary details from their investigation.

The boy's family could not immediately be reached.

It was at least the second case of a toddler being shot to death in a stroller this year.

In March, a woman walking home from the post office with her 13-month-old son was accosted by a gunman who demanded her purse, then shot her in the leg and fired a shot at the child in his stroller after she told him she had no money, authorities said. An 18-year-old man was convicted Friday of murder in the death of Antonio Santiago despite his attorney's attempts to cast guilt upon several others, including the child's parents.

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