Toddler killed by bullet meant for Trini father
Police were yesterday searching for gunmen who killed a one-year-old boy with a bullet intended for his Trinidad-born father.
Police said Antiq Hennis was in his stroller, inches from his Trinidadian parents, when he was shot in the head. The incident occurred a few metres from the family’s home in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, New York, USA.
Police said the toddler’s unidentified father was unharmed.
The New York Daily News said the shooting may have been in retaliation for an earlier dispute.
One eyewitness said the father was screaming “my baby got shot,” adding, “the baby was breathing, but his eyes were closed. It’s crazy. They just start shooting”.
Police said the toddler, the only person hit, was rushed to the nearby Brookdale University Hospital with a bullet hole in the left side of his head. He died later.
The boy’s uncle Chris Dobson said Antiq’s parents, whose names were not given, celebrated their son’s first birthday in May. He said it was the father who was the intended target.
“They shot at him and ended up shooting the baby,” Dobson said.
New York City Councilman Charles Barron, who represents the area, said the family is shocked and devastated.
“The child didn’t even get a chance to start his life, and now it’s over,” he added. See Page 19