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Father Of 1-Year-Old Shot In Stroller Not Cooperating, Police Say

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The New York City Police Department says the father of a 19-month-old boy shot to death in Brooklyn over the holiday weekend has not been cooperating with the investigation.

Police are looking into the possibility that Antiq Hennis' father, Anthony Hennis, was the intended target.

One community leader described the shooting as an assassination. 

"I use the word assassination because an innocent baby was slaughtered in the streets of Brownsville," said Bishop Willie Billips of Faith, Hope and Charity House of God.

"Everyone says the cops doing this, the cops doing this. It ain't the cops. It's the kids. Kids got guns. You gotta disarm them. Stop-and-frisk is best thing that ever happened to Brownsville," said one neighborhood resident.

Commissioner Ray Kelly says Anthony Hennis has a criminal record and has not been working with investigators to track down the killer.

Family members, however, are disputing the NYPD's update, and described the father and son as inseparable. 

"Every time you see the daddy, you see the baby. The baby is a very sweet baby. The daddy is a very sweet daddy," said Daneisa Perry, a family friend.

Hennis left his Marcus Garvey Village apartment and lashed out at reporters Tuesday morning. It happened as the family was being visited by Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes, who is currently running for reelection. 

"I tried to console them. It's very difficult in this circumstances. I've done this over and over and I never get used to it," Hynes said.

Police say Antiq Hennis was shot in the head Sunday night as his parents pushed his stroller across Lavonia Avenue in Brownsville.

Investigators say four shell casings were found in the area; the boy's stroller was hit twice.

"The stroller had four bullet holes in it. It appears to be two entrance and two exit holes," said Commissioner Kelly.

"His first haircut, two weeks ago, and now he gone, he's gone, he's gone. He's a wonderful baby, a beautiful baby. You'd love him," said Cheryl Steel, the victim's aunt.

Family members say the boy and his parents were headed to the child's great grandparents' home at the time of the shooting.

They are now calling on the community to come forward with any information about the boy's killer.

"I make an appeal to the killer. Turn yourself in and the people withholding information you need to speak up and do the right thing because the thing that happened could knock on your door," Billips said.

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

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