It is believed that the father of toddler Antiq Hennis was being targeted in Brooklyn over the weekend, but it was the 1-year-old boy who ended up being shot to death. Hennis’ father Anthony, 21, is not cooperating with police. According to Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, the grieving father has “not answered questions.” Anthony is an alleged gang member with 20 prior arrests. Despite his lack of assistance, it is believed that police have tentatively identified a suspect.
The boy’s mother, 19-year-old Cherisse Miller, has been more vocal about the incident than Anthony.
"My head is blank, I'm not dreaming," Miller said. "At night, when I close eyes, I don't see nothing. After my father died, I got on my knees and I prayed that he'd come back to help me. And he came back and he took my son."
Anthony was pushing Antiq’s stroller when the boy was shot. It’s been reported that four rounds were fired. Miller arrived on the scene after the shooting, according to The Inquisitr.
"My baby was innocent," Miller said. "My baby's father, it's not his fault. It's just a lot. I don't know what to say right now. I just want to say thank you, and I wish my son was still here. I couldn't look at the stroller. The ambulance came and that was it. I got in the ambulance. My son was breathing. And I just saw the blood coming out. There was a lot of blood."
Anthony also spoke briefly to the media. “My son is gone,” he said. “There’s pictures of him everywhere, but my son is gone.”
District Attorney Charles Hynes is waiting to speak with Miller and he has already talked to Anthony about what happened.
"I tried to console him," Hynes said. "It's very, very difficult under these circumstances. I've done this over and over again, and you never get used to it."