Two Children Stabbed In New York Elevator

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New York police are searching for a man who stabbed two children, one fatally, inside of an elevator at an apartment building on Sunday evening in Brooklyn.

The two playmates were taking the elevator in a public housing complex to go get ice cream when an unidentified man that police described as a “heavy set” black male, approximately 6 feet tall, between ages 25 and 35, entered the elevator stabbing each child in the torso multiple times with a steak knife, according to police.

Officers arriving at the scene found Prince Joshua Avitto, 6,  in the elevator and the other victim Mikayla Capers, 7, collapsed on the floor just outside of the building, police said.

Prince was pronounced dead at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn, near where the stabbing took place, and Mikayla was taken from Brookdale to Columbia University Medical Center in Manhattan where she remains in critical condition, according to police and published reports.

Prince is the cousin of Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson, who shared his grief in a post via Instagram.”They killed my little super man. #rippj only two more weeks until your 7 birthday. Tears forever … this can’t be life #foreversuperman #babycuzz …,” he captioned a photo of the 6-year-old in a red cap and gown.

After the attack, the suspect fled the scene on foot. Police have recovered that Dura Edge knife that was used in the homocide.

Investigators are considering the possibility that the suspect may also be connected to another fatal stabbing that occurred just blocks away.

An 18-year-old nursing student, Tanaya Copeland, was found in the same neighborhood Friday night, unconscious and unresponsive with multiple stab wounds to her torso. Copeland was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, police said.

Due to the close proximity of the incidents, as well as similarities in the type of weapons used, detectives believe there is a connection between the two cases. No arrests have been made in either case, and the investigation is ongoing, police said.

CBS New York reports the suspect is a heavyset black man in his 20s and was wearing a grey sweatshirt, according to police. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is offering a reward of $5,000 to anyone with information that helps lead to an arrest.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit or text TIP577 to 274637.

Read more on this story at CBS New York.

(Photo Credit: CBS New York and Instagram Taj Gibson)