Ex-con father not cooperating with police
Baby of Trini parents killed by stray bullet
The Trinidad-born father of a 16-month-old boy killed in New York by a stray bullet was not cooperating with police yesterday.
Little Antiq Hennis was killed Sunday night near his Trinidadian family’s home in Brooklyn.
The boy took a bullet that was meant for his father and now it appears he won’t even help cops find the baby’s killer, NY Daily News reported yesterday.
Police are still searching for the person who squeezed off four shots from a .45-calibre handgun, as Anthony Hennis pushed little Antiq in a stroller in Brownsville Sunday night.
A bullet tore into the left side of the baby’s head and cops found four holes — two entry and two exit — in the stroller on Bristol St near Livonia Ave.
Hennis ran away from the gunfire, screaming that Antiq had been shot.
But ever since, the young father — an ex-con who has been arrested 23 times, mostly for drug-related raps — has been tight-lipped with cops, NY Daily News said.
“Mr Hennis has not been cooperative with us,” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.
“He has not answered questions,” he added. “We’re still trying to, obviously, determine his contacts — and he has an extensive arrest record, so we are looking into his relationships.”
Relatives on Monday wouldn’t speculate on why Hennis, 22, wasn’t answering cops’ questions. Instead, they described him as a devoted father racked with sorrow.
“He can’t live without that baby,” Lenore Steel, 72, said of her grandson Hennis. “He’s always with him. That baby is his life.”
Hennis picked Antiq up from the child’s home on Riverdale Avenue about 7.20 p.m. for a visit with Steel, police said. As he left with his son, four shots were fired on Bristol St, just half a block from the home Hennis shares with his grandmother.
One bullet went right through the baby’s head, cops said.