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2 arrested in Pa. in toddler’s fatal shooting

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Two men were arrested in northeastern Pennsylvania on Friday in connection with the weekend shooting death of a toddler in a stroller in New York City.

Daquan Breland, 23, and Daquan Wright, 19, were taken into custody about 6 a.m. Friday at an apartment complex in Wilkes-Barre, said Martin Pane, US marshal for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Authorities had been seeking the New York City men for questioning in Sunday’s death of 1-year-old Antiq Hennis in Brooklyn.

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Authorities say the boy’s father was pushing him in a stroller while crossing a street in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn on Sunday evening when multiple shots were fired. The child was struck on the left side of his face. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

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Police believe the child’s father, Anthony Hennis, 21, was the intended target, and the gunfire may have been gang-related.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg called the killing ‘‘a tragedy for [the child’s] family, for this community, for the entire city.’’

New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the motive for the shooting is still unclear.

Witnesses have said the men were standing in the street when Wright handed the gun to Breland, who they allege did the shooting. The gun has not been recovered.

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Hennis has not cooperated in the investigation, according to Kelly.

Associated Press