A celebratory weekend has ended in tragedy as two Brooklyn parents mourn the loss of their one-year-old son, Antiq Hennis. Little Antiq was hit by a stray bullet on Sunday evening as he lay nestled in his stroller while on a Brooklyn street with his parents, the New York Daily News reports.
According to police, it is believed that the intended target of the shooting was the child’s father.
“He was screaming ‘My baby got shot.’ He was going crazy. The baby was breathing, but his eyes were closed. It’s crazy. They just will start shooting,” said 22-year-old Gina Gamboa, who encountered the child’s father shortly the shooting occurred.
Antiq was immediately rushed to Brookdale Hospital, where he died around 9:00 PM.
“He just started walking. He was vibrant. He was full of life. I can’t believe it,” the child’s great-uncle, Chris Dobson.
According to witnesses, four shots were fired, but Antiq was the only person hit during the shooting.
“They shot at him and ended up shooting the baby,” Dobson said.
Bishop Willie Billips, Brooklyn pastor and community activist, who accompanied the bereaved parents as they made the official identification of the child’s body, expressed outrage over the senseless murder.
“I’m furious about what I’ve just seen. I’m outraged. A 1-year-old baby lying on the bed? It’s horrible. What do you say? It brought me to tears. To see young parents suffer — for what?,” asked Billips.
So far, no arrests have been made in relation to the shooting, but Brownsville residents told CBS reporters that the community will be rallying together to ensure little Antiq’s killer is brought to justice.