One-year-old boy shot dead in push-chair in Brooklyn street
New Yorkers horrified by death of Antiq Hennis, who may have been killed by gunman targeting his father
NEW YORKERS have been horrified by the death of a 16-month old boy who was shot in his push-chair last night.
Antiq Hennis was fatally wounded by a bullet that hit him in the left-side of the head as his parents pushed him along a Brooklyn street. He was rushed to hospital, but declared dead at 8.50pm local time.
Police believe the gunman may have been targeting the boy's father Anthony Hennis, who has a record of more than 20 arrests in New York and Pennsylvania, the New York Post reports. His charge sheet includes arrests for narcotics, weapons possession, assault and car theft.
A witness, Gina Gamboa, told the paper: "I heard three to four shots. I saw a man with a stroller screaming, 'My baby got shot! My baby got shot'. He was going crazy."
No one else was hurt in the shooting and no arrests had been made by late last night.
The Brooklyn shooting came two days after a jury in Georgia convicted an 18-year-old man of murder after he killed a 13-month-old boy in the coastal city of Brunswick. De'Marquise Elkins demanded money from the toddler's mother, Sherry West. When she refused to hand over her purse he fired three shots, wounding West and killing her sleeping son.
Elkins faces a mandatory life sentence for the 21 March killing.
While parts of Brooklyn have undergone substantial gentrification in recent years, the borough is not immune to gun violence involving children, the New York Times reports. Late last month a three-year-old boy was shot and critically wounded in an apartment in the district. A 22-year-old man was subsequently charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child. ·