A trip to the store may have saved a Brooklyn dad from becoming the second victim of the gangbanger who admitted fatally shooting little Antiq Hennis in his stroller.
One of Daquan Breland’s wild shots pierced the window of Albert Sibblies’ apartment and flew over his bed before hitting a pocketbook sitting on a dresser.
“Usually this is where I sit and watch TV,” the 43-year-old Sibblies told The Daily News. “It’s crazy.”
The death of the 1-year-old Brownsville boy earlier this month outraged the city, but Sibblies said this kind of senseless violence is all too common in his neighborhood.
Daquan Breland is the alleged triggerman in the death of baby Antiq Hennis.
“We try to keep our kids from outside and even when you keep them inside bullets still come through the window,” he said. “We live in an environment and I try to keep them from being a part of it but you still get sucked in.”
Sibblies and his family were out shopping Sept. 1 when Antiq was struck just a block from his family’s Riverdale Ave. home by a bullet intended for his self-described “super gangbanger” dad.
A father of three, Sibblies said when he got Bristol St. near Livonia Ave. it was sealed off by police.
One-year-old Antiq Hennis was shot in Brownsville in Brooklyn, NY. The bullet that killed him was meant for his father, Anthony, a member of the Crips gang.
It wasn’t until Sibblies was allowed back into his pad that that his 17-year-old son spotted the bullet hole and they called police.
“We threw it away,” he said of his wife’s pocketbook. “She didn't want the karma.”
In an exclusive jailhouse interview with The News, a weeping 23-year-old Breland expressed both guilt and remorse for killing the infant.
Antiq Hennis stroller is surrounded by crime scene take after the baby was fatally shot by a bullet aimed at his dad.
“It’s tough because he’s so young,” Sibblies said of the suspect. “His life is over. They don’t take kindly to baby killings in jail. He has a hard road ahead.”
Breland, who had boasted about killing somebody until he learned the victim was a baby, and alleged accomplice Daquan Wright, 19, have been moved into protective custody at a jail on Long Island, law enforcement sources said.
Antiq’s dad, Anthony Hennis, is member of the Crips gang and has refused to cooperate with cops investigating his son’s murder.
Breland and Wright belong to the Bloods gang and face reprisal attacks not just from the Crips but from an ambitious inmate who wants to make a name for himself behind bars, sources said.
Sibbilies said the dastardly duo are part of a generation that shoots first and regrets later.
“The kids are getting younger and younger who are doing the shooting,” he said. “My generation, we used to fight. The worst thing would be somebody had a knife.”
Sibblies said he’s just grateful that nobody in his household, which includes a dog and three cats, was hurt.
“The cat’s always staying in the window,” he said.
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