A Brooklyn community is reeling, as they try to recover from the tragic fatal shooting of a 19-month-old baby boy. NY1's Jon Weinstein filed the following report.
The morning after 19-month-old Antiq Hennis was gunned down in his stroller, family and friends were still trying to come to grips with the unimaginable pain.
"I got a chance to kiss him, and then when he moved in the stroller I thought he was going to be alright," said Cheryl Steele, the victim's aunt. "He actually moved in the stroller when I called his name, and that was it. He never moved after that."
"All of a sudden, we hear shots. Then, I saw the father run up with the stroller, and try to push the stroller, and he fell on the ground, and he said, 'Grandmommy, baby got shot. Baby got shot, grandma,'" said Lenore Steele, the victim's great grandmother.
According to officials, the father and mother were pushing their 19-month-old in a stroller from Bristol Street across Livonia Avenue in Brownsville shortly before 7:30 p.m. on Sunday evening, when shots rang out.
A bullet struck the boy in the head, and he was rushed to the hospital, where he died.
Police say they are still looking for the shooter.
Antiq's parents were taking him to see his great grandmother at the time of the incident.
Police say the boy's father could have been the intended target and has not been cooperating with the investigation.
"When they get to the intersection of Livonia Avenue and Bristol Street on the Northwest corner, four shots are fired," said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. "Anthony Hennis is not hit, Antiq Hennis is hit once in the left side of his head."
Cherise Miller, the toddler's mother, was at a loss for words, only able to say how much she appreciated everyone's well wishes.
"Thanks for the support, that's it," Miller said.
Community leaders were at no such loss for words and are saying this happens too often in this neighborhood.
"Put your guns down," one community leader said.
"We got babies that we gotta raise, and they're dying early," said family friend Shirley Jones-Baisdan.
Before he was shot, family members say Antiq was a happy child, just learning how to walk and talk.
"His first haircut two weeks ago, and now he's gone, he's gone, he's gone. He's a wonderful baby, a beautiful baby," Cheryl Steele said.
"He liked to look at Spongebob, he liked Dora," Lenore Steele said.
The victim's great grandmother says they've now started taking all those toys out of the house, because they are too painful for the parents to even look at.
Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.