Antiq Hennis shooting: neighbors claim to know culprit

Neighborhood activists claim to know who shot and killed one-year-old Antiq Hennis on a Brooklyn street Sunday.
Posted By VERONICA LINARES,  |  Sept. 3, 2013 at 12:50 PM
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Police are still searching for the person who killed a one-year-old boy on a Brooklyn street Sunday evening, but neighborhood activists say they know the identity of the shooter.

“We know exactly who the shooter is,” claimed activist Tony Herbert. “We are making efforts to bring him in.”

Antiq Hennis died Sunday after being shot in the head by a bullet that was allegedly intended for his father Anthony Hennis.

According to Police, Hennis -- who has been arrested over 20 times -- "has not been cooperative" with the investigation.

“He has not answered questions,” said Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. “We’re still trying to, obviously, determine his contacts -- and he has an extensive arrest record, so we are looking into his relationships.”

Regarding the activist's claims that they know who killed Antiq, Kelly admitted that police were making progress.

“We have some leads, and those leads are being aggressively followed,” he said.

Activists claim the shooter was the brother of man who was in a dispute with Hennis.

Meanwhile, Hennis's relatives wouldn't comment on why the 23-year-old father is not helping police solve the case. They did say he was a devoted and loving father.

“He can’t live without that baby,” said Hennis's grandmother Lenore Steel, 72. “He’s always with him. That baby is his life.”

Hennis had reportedly picked up Antiq from the child’s home on Riverdale Ave. at around 7:20 p.m. to go visit Steel. Upon leaving the grandmother's house with his son four shots were fired on Bristol St., which is four blocks from Steel's house.

According to police, one of the bullets went straight through the baby's head. Antiq died at Brookdale University Hospital about 90 minutes later.

“Every child in this city is precious, and every child deserves our protection,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said after the tragedy. “And when a child dies, we all suffer and we all grieve. Today we are all grieving.”

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