BROOKLYN (PIX11) — Local leaders posted a reward Monday for information leading to the arrest of a knife-wielding attacker who stabbed two children, killing one of them and leaving the other in a fight for her life.
The brutal assault happened shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday, police said.
A heavy-set man stabbed two children — a 6-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl — inside an elevator in the 800 block of Schenck Avenue, police said.
The boy, Prince Joshua Avitto, was pronounced dead at a hospital. The girl was taken to a hospital and remained in critical condition Monday.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams joined anti-violence advocates at a 8 a.m. news conference Monday to offer a $5,000 reward — comprised of his own money — for tips that result in the capture of the man who killed Avitto and stabbed his friend.
He reminded parents to be particularly cautious after a string of similar violence in the area.
Just two days before the children were attacked, an 18-year-old woman was stabbed several times in the 800 block of Stanley Avenue. Tanaya Copeland was pronounced dead at a hospital, police said.
No arrests have been made in either case.