A brutal stabbing attack of two kids in Brooklyn left one dead and the another in critical condition.

The 7-year-old girl is hospitalized in critical condition, the only witness to a crime that so far defies explanation: A man stabbed two young children in the elevator of a public-housing project and escaped into the late-spring evening. Her best friend, a 6-year-old boy, is dead. Though residents of the Brooklyn housing project saw a man fleeing through the development after the attack, he remained at large on Monday, the search made more difficult because the building has no surveillance cameras.

Living in housing projects in East New York means living with the daily threat of violence, and Boulevard Houses is no exception. But until Sunday night, parents felt safe taking their children downstairs to play. “Who would think,” asked Sherri Baptiste, 53, a close friend of the boy’s mother, “that you would send a child upstairs and they never came back?”

The lack of cameras raised questions on Monday as elected officials accused the New York City Housing Authority, which manages the building, of being slow to install the cameras.

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