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Police: Father of N.Y. toddler shot in stroller the likely target

  • Mourners visit a memorial for Antiq Hennis, in the Brownsville neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, where a day earlier, the 1-year-old boy was shot and killed in his stroller during a walk with his parents. New York Police Department investigators believe the boy's father may have been the intended target and are pursuing leads. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    Mourners visit a memorial for Antiq Hennis, in the Brownsville neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, where a day earlier, the 1-year-old boy was shot and killed in his stroller during a walk with his parents. New York Police Department investigators believe the boy's father may have been the intended target and are pursuing leads. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • Mourners visit a memorial for Antiq Hennis, in the Brownsville neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, where a day earlier, the 1-year-old boy was shot and killed in his stroller during a walk with his parents. New York Police Department investigators believe the boy's father may have been the intended target and are pursuing leads. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    Mourners visit a memorial for Antiq Hennis, in the Brownsville neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, where a day earlier, the 1-year-old boy was shot and killed in his stroller during a walk with his parents. New York Police Department investigators believe the boy's father may have been the intended target and are pursuing leads. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • Mourners visit a memorial for Antiq Hennis, in the Brownsville neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, where a day earlier, the 1-year-old boy was shot and killed in his stroller during a walk with his parents. New York Police Department investigators believe the boy's father may have been the intended target and are pursuing leads. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    Mourners visit a memorial for Antiq Hennis, in the Brownsville neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, where a day earlier, the 1-year-old boy was shot and killed in his stroller during a walk with his parents. New York Police Department investigators believe the boy's father may have been the intended target and are pursuing leads. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • A New York Police Department officer waits in his vehicle on Bristol Street in the Brownsville neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, where a day earlier, 1-year-old Antiq Hennis was shot and killed in his stroller during a walk with his parents. New York Police Department investigators believe the boy's father may have been the intended target and are pursuing leads. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    A New York Police Department officer waits in his vehicle on Bristol Street in the Brownsville neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, where a day earlier, 1-year-old Antiq Hennis was shot and killed in his stroller during a walk with his parents. New York Police Department investigators believe the boy's father may have been the intended target and are pursuing leads. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • A New York Police Department officer waits in his vehicle on Bristol Street in the Brownsville neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, where a day earlier, 1-year-old Antiq Hennis was shot and killed in his stroller during a walk with his parents. New York Police Department investigators believe the boy's father may have been the intended target and are pursuing leads. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    A New York Police Department officer waits in his vehicle on Bristol Street in the Brownsville neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, where a day earlier, 1-year-old Antiq Hennis was shot and killed in his stroller during a walk with his parents. New York Police Department investigators believe the boy's father may have been the intended target and are pursuing leads. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • A flyer bearing an image of Antiq Hennis, the 1-year-old boy who was shot in his stroller during a walk with his parents, is posted on a wall outside an apartment complex, Monday, Sept. 1, 2013, in the Brownsville neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York Police Department investigators believe the boy's father may have been the intended target and are pursuing leads. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    A flyer bearing an image of Antiq Hennis, the 1-year-old boy who was shot in his stroller during a walk with his parents, is posted on a wall outside an apartment complex, Monday, Sept. 1, 2013, in the Brownsville neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York Police Department investigators believe the boy's father may have been the intended target and are pursuing leads. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • A flyer bearing an image of Antiq Hennis, the 1-year-old boy who was shot in his stroller during a walk with his parents, is posted on a wall outside an apartment complex, Monday, Sept. 1, 2013, in the Brownsville neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York Police Department investigators believe the boy's father may have been the intended target and are pursuing leads. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    A flyer bearing an image of Antiq Hennis, the 1-year-old boy who was shot in his stroller during a walk with his parents, is posted on a wall outside an apartment complex, Monday, Sept. 1, 2013, in the Brownsville neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York Police Department investigators believe the boy's father may have been the intended target and are pursuing leads. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • CORRECTS DATE TO SEPT. 2 INSTEAD OF SEPT. 1 - A flyer bearing an image of Antiq Hennis, the 1-year-old boy who was shot in his stroller during a walk with his parents a day earlier, is posted on a wall outside an apartment complex, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, in the Brownsville neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York Police Department investigators believe the boy's father may have been the intended target and are pursuing leads. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    CORRECTS DATE TO SEPT. 2 INSTEAD OF SEPT. 1 - A flyer bearing an image of Antiq Hennis, the 1-year-old boy who was shot in his stroller during a walk with his parents a day earlier, is posted on a wall outside an apartment complex, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, in the Brownsville neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York Police Department investigators believe the boy's father may have been the intended target and are pursuing leads. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • A flyer bearing an image of Antiq Hennis, the 1-year-old boy who was shot in his stroller during a walk with his parents a day earlier, is posted on a wall outside an apartment complex, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, in the Brownsville neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York Police Department investigators believe the boy's father may have been the intended target and are pursuing leads. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    A flyer bearing an image of Antiq Hennis, the 1-year-old boy who was shot in his stroller during a walk with his parents a day earlier, is posted on a wall outside an apartment complex, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, in the Brownsville neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York Police Department investigators believe the boy's father may have been the intended target and are pursuing leads. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • CORRECTS DATE TO SEPT. 2 INSTEAD OF SEPT. 1 - A flyer bearing an image of Antiq Hennis, the 1-year-old boy who was shot in his stroller during a walk with his parents a day earlier, is posted on a wall outside an apartment complex, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, in the Brownsville neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York Police Department investigators believe the boy's father may have been the intended target and are pursuing leads. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    CORRECTS DATE TO SEPT. 2 INSTEAD OF SEPT. 1 - A flyer bearing an image of Antiq Hennis, the 1-year-old boy who was shot in his stroller during a walk with his parents a day earlier, is posted on a wall outside an apartment complex, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, in the Brownsville neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York Police Department investigators believe the boy's father may have been the intended target and are pursuing leads. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • CORRECTS DATE TO SEPT. 2 INSTEAD OF SEPT. 1 - A flyer bearing an image of Antiq Hennis, the 1-year-old boy who was shot in his stroller during a walk with his parents a day earlier, is posted on a wall outside an apartment complex, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, in the Brownsville neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York Police Department investigators believe the boy's father may have been the intended target and are pursuing leads. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    CORRECTS DATE TO SEPT. 2 INSTEAD OF SEPT. 1 - A flyer bearing an image of Antiq Hennis, the 1-year-old boy who was shot in his stroller during a walk with his parents a day earlier, is posted on a wall outside an apartment complex, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, in the Brownsville neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York Police Department investigators believe the boy's father may have been the intended target and are pursuing leads. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • A flyer bearing an image of Antiq Hennis, the 1-year-old boy who was shot in his stroller during a walk with his parents a day earlier, is posted on a wall outside an apartment complex, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, in the Brownsville neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York Police Department investigators believe the boy's father may have been the intended target and are pursuing leads. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    A flyer bearing an image of Antiq Hennis, the 1-year-old boy who was shot in his stroller during a walk with his parents a day earlier, is posted on a wall outside an apartment complex, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, in the Brownsville neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York Police Department investigators believe the boy's father may have been the intended target and are pursuing leads. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • Pedestrians look at a flyer bearing an image of Antiq Hennis, the 1-year-old boy who was shot in his stroller during a walk with his parents a day earlier, that is posted on a wall outside an apartment complex, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, in the Brownsville neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York Police Department investigators believe the boy's father may have been the intended target and are pursuing leads. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    Pedestrians look at a flyer bearing an image of Antiq Hennis, the 1-year-old boy who was shot in his stroller during a walk with his parents a day earlier, that is posted on a wall outside an apartment complex, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, in the Brownsville neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York Police Department investigators believe the boy's father may have been the intended target and are pursuing leads. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • Pedestrians look at a flyer bearing an image of Antiq Hennis, the 1-year-old boy who was shot in his stroller during a walk with his parents a day earlier, that is posted on a wall outside an apartment complex, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, in the Brownsville neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York Police Department investigators believe the boy's father may have been the intended target and are pursuing leads. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    Pedestrians look at a flyer bearing an image of Antiq Hennis, the 1-year-old boy who was shot in his stroller during a walk with his parents a day earlier, that is posted on a wall outside an apartment complex, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, in the Brownsville neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York Police Department investigators believe the boy's father may have been the intended target and are pursuing leads. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • In this Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013 photo, police investigate the scene where a 1-year-old was fatally shot early Sunday night in the Brownsville neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. Police say Antiq Hennis was being wheeled in a stroller, right, by his parents when he was shot. The boy was rushed to Brookdale University Hospital with a gunshot wound to the left side of his face, but he was declared dead when he arrived, authorities said. (AP Photo/The New York Times, Robert Stolarik)

    In this Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013 photo, police investigate the scene where a 1-year-old was fatally shot early Sunday night in the Brownsville neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. Police say Antiq Hennis was being wheeled in a stroller, right, by his parents when he was shot. The boy was rushed to Brookdale University Hospital with a gunshot wound to the left side of his face, but he was declared dead when he arrived, authorities said. (AP Photo/The New York Times, Robert Stolarik)

  • In this Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013 photo, police investigate the scene where a 1-year-old was fatally shot early Sunday night in the Brownsville neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. Police say Antiq Hennis was being wheeled in a stroller, right, by his parents when he was shot. The boy was rushed to Brookdale University Hospital with a gunshot wound to the left side of his face, but he was declared dead when he arrived, authorities said. (AP Photo/The New York Times, Robert Stolarik)

    In this Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013 photo, police investigate the scene where a 1-year-old was fatally shot early Sunday night in the Brownsville neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. Police say Antiq Hennis was being wheeled in a stroller, right, by his parents when he was shot. The boy was rushed to Brookdale University Hospital with a gunshot wound to the left side of his face, but he was declared dead when he arrived, authorities said. (AP Photo/The New York Times, Robert Stolarik)

  • Mourners visit a memorial for Antiq Hennis, in the Brownsville neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, where a day earlier, the 1-year-old boy was shot and killed in his stroller during a walk with his parents. New York Police Department investigators believe the boy's father may have been the intended target and are pursuing leads. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
  • Mourners visit a memorial for Antiq Hennis, in the Brownsville neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, where a day earlier, the 1-year-old boy was shot and killed in his stroller during a walk with his parents. New York Police Department investigators believe the boy's father may have been the intended target and are pursuing leads. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
  • Mourners visit a memorial for Antiq Hennis, in the Brownsville neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, where a day earlier, the 1-year-old boy was shot and killed in his stroller during a walk with his parents. New York Police Department investigators believe the boy's father may have been the intended target and are pursuing leads. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
  • A New York Police Department officer waits in his vehicle on Bristol Street in the Brownsville neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, where a day earlier, 1-year-old Antiq Hennis was shot and killed in his stroller during a walk with his parents. New York Police Department investigators believe the boy's father may have been the intended target and are pursuing leads. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
  • A New York Police Department officer waits in his vehicle on Bristol Street in the Brownsville neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, where a day earlier, 1-year-old Antiq Hennis was shot and killed in his stroller during a walk with his parents. New York Police Department investigators believe the boy's father may have been the intended target and are pursuing leads. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
  • A flyer bearing an image of Antiq Hennis, the 1-year-old boy who was shot in his stroller during a walk with his parents, is posted on a wall outside an apartment complex, Monday, Sept. 1, 2013, in the Brownsville neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York Police Department investigators believe the boy's father may have been the intended target and are pursuing leads. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
  • A flyer bearing an image of Antiq Hennis, the 1-year-old boy who was shot in his stroller during a walk with his parents, is posted on a wall outside an apartment complex, Monday, Sept. 1, 2013, in the Brownsville neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York Police Department investigators believe the boy's father may have been the intended target and are pursuing leads. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
  • CORRECTS DATE TO SEPT. 2 INSTEAD OF SEPT. 1 - A flyer bearing an image of Antiq Hennis, the 1-year-old boy who was shot in his stroller during a walk with his parents a day earlier, is posted on a wall outside an apartment complex, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, in the Brownsville neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York Police Department investigators believe the boy's father may have been the intended target and are pursuing leads. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
  • A flyer bearing an image of Antiq Hennis, the 1-year-old boy who was shot in his stroller during a walk with his parents a day earlier, is posted on a wall outside an apartment complex, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, in the Brownsville neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York Police Department investigators believe the boy's father may have been the intended target and are pursuing leads. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
  • CORRECTS DATE TO SEPT. 2 INSTEAD OF SEPT. 1 - A flyer bearing an image of Antiq Hennis, the 1-year-old boy who was shot in his stroller during a walk with his parents a day earlier, is posted on a wall outside an apartment complex, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, in the Brownsville neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York Police Department investigators believe the boy's father may have been the intended target and are pursuing leads. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
  • CORRECTS DATE TO SEPT. 2 INSTEAD OF SEPT. 1 - A flyer bearing an image of Antiq Hennis, the 1-year-old boy who was shot in his stroller during a walk with his parents a day earlier, is posted on a wall outside an apartment complex, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, in the Brownsville neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York Police Department investigators believe the boy's father may have been the intended target and are pursuing leads. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
  • A flyer bearing an image of Antiq Hennis, the 1-year-old boy who was shot in his stroller during a walk with his parents a day earlier, is posted on a wall outside an apartment complex, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, in the Brownsville neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York Police Department investigators believe the boy's father may have been the intended target and are pursuing leads. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
  • Pedestrians look at a flyer bearing an image of Antiq Hennis, the 1-year-old boy who was shot in his stroller during a walk with his parents a day earlier, that is posted on a wall outside an apartment complex, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, in the Brownsville neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York Police Department investigators believe the boy's father may have been the intended target and are pursuing leads. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
  • Pedestrians look at a flyer bearing an image of Antiq Hennis, the 1-year-old boy who was shot in his stroller during a walk with his parents a day earlier, that is posted on a wall outside an apartment complex, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, in the Brownsville neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York Police Department investigators believe the boy's father may have been the intended target and are pursuing leads. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
  • In this Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013 photo, police investigate the scene where a 1-year-old was fatally shot early Sunday night in the Brownsville neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. Police say Antiq Hennis was being wheeled in a stroller, right, by his parents when he was shot. The boy was rushed to Brookdale University Hospital with a gunshot wound to the left side of his face, but he was declared dead when he arrived, authorities said. (AP Photo/The New York Times, Robert Stolarik)
  • In this Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013 photo, police investigate the scene where a 1-year-old was fatally shot early Sunday night in the Brownsville neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. Police say Antiq Hennis was being wheeled in a stroller, right, by his parents when he was shot. The boy was rushed to Brookdale University Hospital with a gunshot wound to the left side of his face, but he was declared dead when he arrived, authorities said. (AP Photo/The New York Times, Robert Stolarik)

The police investigating the death of a 1-year-old boy shot in the head in his stroller said yesterday they believe his father was the target.

Authorities have some leads in the killing of Antiq Hennis on a Brooklyn street Sunday night and believe his death may be gang-related, police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. Antiq’s father, Anthony Hennis, has a criminal record and wasn’t cooperating with police in their investigation, said Kelly, who didn’t elaborate.

Hennis, 21, had just gone to pick up Antiq at the home of the baby’s mother, Cherise Miller, and take him to visit Hennis’s grandmother, the police said. Hennis put the boy in the stroller and was pushing him across a street in the Brownsville neighborhood when shots rang out, the police said.

Hennis’s grandmother, Lenore Steele, said she heard shots before Hennis ran to her.

“And he fell on the ground and said, ‘Grandma, my baby got shot! My baby got shot, Grandma!’ ” said Steele, flanked by community group leaders and mayoral candidate Bill Thompson. “He was such a beautiful little baby, smiling and talking to everybody.”

Grief and outrage over Antiq’s shooting loomed over the annual West Indian Day Parade about a mile and a half away, where New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg called the killing “a tragedy for his family, for this community, for the entire city” and political candidates talked about gun violence.

Four shots were fired, and one hit Antiq in the left side of his head; he was declared dead on arrival at a hospital.

Hennis and Miller couldn’t be reached for comment yesterday. Possible phone numbers for their homes were disconnected or rang unanswered, the offices of attorneys who may have represented Hennis were closed and activists who spoke at a news conference said Miller wouldn’t be making a statement yesterday.

Antiq’s killing was at least the second case of a toddler being shot to death in a stroller this year.

In March, a woman walking home from a post office in Brunswick, Ga., with her 13-month-old son was accosted by a gunman who demanded her purse and then shot her in the leg and fired a shot at the child in his stroller, killing him, authorities said.

In another case of violence toward toddlers in New York, a 3-year-old boy was shot in the head and wounded Aug. 24 as he slept in his family’s Brooklyn apartment.

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