A stabbing at a Newark, N.J., home left three people dead — including two children — and three more injured Saturday afternoon, authorities said.
The young girl, 8, and boy, 11, were killed by a blade-wielding attacker at a home along Hedden Terrace near W. Runyon St. around 4 p.m. It’s not clear what prompted the attack.
Cops found the wounded and one victim already dead on the second floor. Many of them were related, officials said.
A 23-year-old woman also died in the deadly assault.
“I didn’t know what happened until I saw them bringing the kids outside — on stretchers,” neighbor Maye Singleton told NJ.com while gathered outside the crime scene.
Medics rushed a 13-year-old boy and girl and a 29-year-old woman to a nearby hospital. The extent of their injuries were unclear.
Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray named 26-year-old Jeremy Arrington as a person of interest in the slayings and said he was already wanted on sexual and aggravated assault charges for an unrelated incident.
He did not live at the home but had what she described as a pre-existing relationship with one of the residents.
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka addressed the “tragic and savage” attack in a press conference later on Saturday and urged residents to turn the assailant over to authorities.
“We cannot wait for him to turn himself in,” Baraka said. “We have to get him immediately before he hurts someone else.”
Cops offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
With News Wire Services