Unidentified gunmen shot 1-year-old Antiq Hennis in the head on Sunday evening on a Brooklyn street, taking the young child’s life as his parents were right beside him, pushing his stroller.
The New York Times reported that the incident occurred on the corner of Livonia Avenue and Bristol Street in the development community of Brownsville, Brooklyn at around 7 p.m.
The Hennis family's home on Riverdale Avenue is only a few blocks from the scene.
Hennis was struck on the left side of his head and was rushed to Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
An eyewitness account from Gina Gamboa, 22, said that she heard three gunshots and saw one man running away and another standing near a stroller.
The man standing by the stroller began to run, too, Gamboa said, but came back for the child. “The baby’s head was to the side,” she said, "the stroller was covered in blood."
Gamboa saw the father of the victim seconds later who was screaming “my baby got shot.”
Detectives believe the child's father was the intended target and that the shooting was payback for an earlier dispute.
As local residents began to emerge from their homes, cries of “a baby was shot” were heard throughout the neighborhood, Gamboa said.
Officers shut down streets around the site of the shooting, and residents returning to the block were initially not allowed to enter their homes.
Late Sunday night, at a gathering at the family’s home, relatives and friends declined to speak to reporters.
No one else was hurt in the shooting and no arrests were reported by late Sunday night.