National roundup: Firefighters gain on Rim Fire threatening Yosemite

Firefighters gain
on Yosemite blaze

A relatively cool and humid Labor Day allowed fire crews to make major progress Monday toward corralling a massive wildfire searing the edge of Yosemite National Park.

The fire was 70 percent contained at nightfall, up from 45 percent about 24 hours earlier, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The blaze covers 368 square miles, about 20 more than on Sunday night.

Fire weather was still classified as extreme with temperatures above 90 degrees and winds in some spots gusting at 20 mph, but Monday was cooler than many recent days, with more moisture and cloud cover.

Full containment is not expected until Sept. 20.

“We do have a nice window here of more cooperative weather,” state fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said.

Gusty winds and drier conditions are expected midweek, again raising the fire danger, Berlant said.

— Associated Press

Boy killed; father
likely target of shots

Police investigating the death of a 1-year-old boy who was shot in his stroller during a walk on a city street believe his father was the intended target, Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said Monday.

Authorities have some leads in the killing of Antiq Hennis in Brooklyn on Sunday night and think his death may be gang-­related, Kelly said.

Antiq’s father, Anthony Hennis, had just gone to the home of the child’s mother, Cherise Miller, to pick up the boy and take him to visit Hennis’s grandmother, Kelly said. Hennis, 21, put the boy in the stroller and was pushing him across a street in the Brownsville neighborhood when shots rang out about 7:20 p.m., police said.

“All of a sudden, we hear shots,” Hennis’s grandmother, Lenore Steele, told reporters Monday at the site of the shooting. After the gunfire, Hennis ran up to her, she said. adding, “And he fell on the ground and said, ‘Grandma, my baby got shot! My baby got shot, Grandma!”

Grief and outrage over the toddler’s shooting loomed over the annual West Indian Day Parade about a mile and a half away, where Mayor Michael R. 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 the boy in the left side of his head; he was declared dead on arrival at the hospital. Four .45-caliber shell casings were found on the corner and the stroller had bullet holes, Kelly told reporters before the parade.

— Associated Press

Sandy Hook groups
cheered at parade

Thousands of spectators turned out for the annual Newtown Labor Day Parade, capping months of organizing in the aftermath of a shooting rampage at Sandy Hook where 20 first-graders and six educators were killed in December.

Gov. Dan Malloy (D), Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D) and Chris Murphy (D) and local officials participated in the 52nd annual Labor Day parade Monday.

A television station covering the event reported that the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire and Rescue and Sandy Hook Elementary School students received the loudest applause from spectators along the parade route.

Organizers were wary about a parade so soon after the shooting rampage.

— Associated Press