A six-year-old boy has died and a seven-year-old girl is fighting for her life after the playmates were stabbed multiple times in a lift in Brooklyn.
Police are searching for a man in his 20s who fled the scene of the attack in Boulevard Houses, Schenck Avenue, East New York.
A police source said Prince Joshua Avitto and Mikayla Capers were in a lift in the building when the attacker, described as heavyset, pulled out a knife and stabbed the children several times in the torso.
He then ditched the weapon and fled the scene.
The boy’s body was found inside the lift, while the girl managed to stumble outside and was found collapsed on the floor.
They were rushed to Brookdale University Hospital, where Prince Joshua, known to family and friends as PJ, was pronounced dead a short time later.
News outlet NBC reported that the boy’s mother was heard shouting: “They done killed my baby.
“His birthday was in 16 days. Lord, they done killed my baby!”
Seven-year-old Mikayla has been transferred to New York-Presbyterian Hospital where she has undergone surgery. She remains in a critical condition.
New York Daily News quoted her mother, Sherina Capers, 21, as saying: “This don’t make no sense. This is kids. You don’t do this to kids.
According to Inez Rodriguez, the president the Boulevard Houses Tenant Association, the playmates were on their way to buy a snack when they were attacked.
“They were just coming outside to get some ice cream and ices,” she said.
“This is the worst thing that I’ve ever seen in this neighbourhood.”
The attack came two days after an 18-year-old girl was stabbed to death nearby.
She was stabbed 32 times in the chest while on the way to a friend’s house on Friday evening.
Police have not ruled out a connection between the two attacks.
2 June 2014 | 10:56 am – Source: orange.co.uk