New York police are looking for a killer who stabbed a six-year-old boy to death and left a seven-year-old girl in critical condition in Brooklyn on Sunday night.
The children were in an elevator at an apartment block in Brooklyn’s East New York neighborhood and heading out for ice cream when they were attacked at 5.50 pm on Sunday, police said.
The madman, who is believed to be heavyset and in his 20s, stabbed the young friends in their torsos after telling them to ‘shut up’, a police source told the New York Daily News.
The body of the little boy, Prince Joshua Avitto – known as ‘P.J.’ to his family – was found in the elevator in the Boulevard housing development on Schenck Avenue near Stanley Avenue.
Mikayla Capers, the seven-year-old girl in critical condition, was found in front of a neighboring building after she apparently stumbled from the elevator.
The suspect is described as an African-American man who ran off after the attack, police sources told the Daily News. A neighbor who saw the children after the attack says Capers was conscious, but that she was in rough shape.
‘The girl was up and talking, but she didn’t look too good,’ neighbor Kevin Velez, 41, told the New York Post.
‘This is horrendous. The police need to catch this animal. I saw the ambulance workers cart out [the boy]. He was lifeless, just lifeless. I can’t get the image out of my head.’