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Two held for shooting of Brooklyn baby in pushchair

Suspect Daquan Breland is led by police in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on 6 September 2013
Police have arrested Daquan Breland in connection with the shooting death of a toddler in New York

Two men have been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a baby in a pushchair a week ago.

Daquan Breland, 23, and Daquan Wright, 19, were detained on Friday morning in the US state of Pennsylvania for the killing of Antiq Hennis.

Antiq, one, was shot in the face on 1 September as gunfire rang out in the Brownsville area of Brooklyn, New York.

Police said the shooting was gang-related and that the target was the boy's father, Anthony Hennis, 21.

Mr Hennis, who had just picked up Antiq from the home of the boy's mother, is not co-operating with the investigation, say police.

Witnesses saw Mr Wright hand the gun to Mr Breland, who fired multiple shots, according to police. The weapon has not been recovered.

The suspects waived extradition at a hearing on Friday and were being taken back to New York, according to local media reports.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the killing was "a tragedy for [Antiq's] family, for this community, for the entire city".

New York's Brooklyn area has gentrified in recent years, becoming a cultural heartland of "cool", as Manhattan's high living costs drove hip, young trendsetters across the East River.

But the borough's eastern Brownsville district, home to some of the highest concentration of public housing in the US, has a reputation as one of the city's most dangerous neighbourhoods.

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