A 1-year-old Brooklyn boy was killed by a bullet that had his father‚Äôs name on it, police sources said.
The one-year-old was walking in his stroller today, just inches from his parents, when he was shot to death bearby his family‚Äôs Riverdale Ave. home, police said.
The child‚Äôs father Anthony Hennis ‚ÄĒ who was the target, witnesses say ‚ÄĒ was unharmed but distraught after somebody’s opened fire at Bristol St. near Livonia Ave. in Brownsville.
‚ÄúHe was screaming ‚ÄėMy baby got shot.‚Äô He was going crazy,‚ÄĚ said Gina Gamboa, 22, who saw the dad seconds after Antiq was wounded. ‚ÄúThe baby was breathing, but his eyes were closed. It‚Äôs crazy. They just will start shooting.‚ÄĚ
The wounded baby was immediately delivered to Brookdale University Hospital with a bullet hole in the left side of his head, witnesses said.
The New York Daily News reports, that he died at the hospital shortly before 9 p.m.
‚ÄúHe just started walking. He was vibrant. He was full of life,‚ÄĚ said the baby‚Äôs relative, Chris Dobson. ‚ÄúI can‚Äôt believe it.‚ÄĚ
He went on, adding that the baby’s parents, who hail from Trinidad, celebrated Antiq’s first birthday a few months ago. He said it was the father, who has a record of more than 20 arrests, who was in the gunman‚Äôs crosshairs.
‚ÄúThey shot at him and ended up shooting the baby,‚ÄĚ Dobson said.
Detectives supose that the shooting was a kind of payback for an earlier dispute between the boy’s father and another person, according to sources.
However, one more witness revealed that the dad rushed away from the stroller to draw the gunfire from his son.
Bishop Willie Billips, a local anti-violence activist, stayed with the parents when they made the gut-wrenching official identification of their dead son.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm furious about what I‚Äôve just seen. I‚Äôm outraged,‚ÄĚ Billips said. ‚ÄúA 1-year-old baby lying on the bed? It‚Äôs horrible.‚ÄĚ
There was little solace he could offer to the family, Billips added: ‚ÄúWhat do you say? It brought me to tears. To see young parents suffer ‚ÄĒ for what?‚ÄĚ
So far, nobody was arrested as of late Sunday, police reported, with a source saying the shooter‚Äôs street name has been given to cops.
Antiq has become the 16th victim under the age of 16 to be shot in the streets of New York since May, and he is the second child who was fatally shot, the data showed.
The baby’s grieving parents were hunkered down in their home late Sunday.
‚ÄúThe family is shocked and devastated,‚ÄĚ Councilman Charles Barron said after comforting the bereft couple. ‚ÄúThe child didn‚Äôt even get a chance to start his life, and now it‚Äôs over.‚ÄĚ
A woman identifying herself as Antiq‚Äôs godmother left the hospital shaken after the boy died.
‚ÄúI saw him, I saw him in there, oh my goodness, oh my God, oh my Lord,‚ÄĚ she wailed. ‚ÄúHe was just a baby.‚ÄĚ