boulevard houses stabbing brooklyn east new york children stabbed Police said two children were stabbed, one fatally, in the elevator of a Brooklyn building on Sunday night.
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Police on Monday were still hunting for a man who fatally stabbed a 6-year-old boy and wounded a 7-year-old girl in the elevator of a Brooklyn housing project the night before.

"We cannot have a city where two 7-year-old children going to get an ice cream are stabbed, one killed and the other fighting for her life," NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton told reporters on Monday. "That is not the city of New York that we want to police. That is not the city of New York that we are responsible for."

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams put up a $5,000 reward for information about the attacker, who was described by police as a heavy-set black man in his 20s.


He was last seen wearing a grey sweatshirt, fleeing east from 845 Schenck Avenue in East New York, where police said he stabbed the children just before 6 p.m. on Sunday.

The two friends, Prince Joshua "P.J." Avitto and Mikayla Capers, were in an elevator at the Boulevard Houses and heading outside for icy treats when police said the suspect attacked them. They were both stabbed in the torso.

Officers first found P.J. in the elevator and Mikayla was found outside a nearby building, officials said. They were rushed to Brookdale Hospital, where P.J. was pronounced dead.

Mikayla was moved to New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, where she is still in critical condition.

Investigators believe the the attack was random, police said. A knife was recovered at the scene.

Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters on Monday that extra police have been deployed to the Boulevard Houses and surrounding housing projects.

"And there is a massive effort underway to find the perpetrator," the mayor said.

Police officers on Monday continued to scour the neighborhood for witnesses. There is no video surveillance in the the building the children were attacked.

Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), submit a tiponlineor text 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577.

Police are still investigating if there is a connection with another stabbing that occurred a few blocks away on Friday night.

Tanaya Copeland, 18, was found around 10:20 p.m. with multiple stab wounds to her torso three blocks from the Boulevard Houses, police said. She was pronounced dead at Brookdale Hospital.

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