Three people were stabbed to death, two of them children, and three others wounded at a house in Newark, New Jersey on Saturday and authorities asked for the public's help in finding a man acquainted with at least one of the victims.
The attack, which Newark Mayor Ras Baraka called "one of the most tragic and savage" he's seen, left an 8-year-old girl, an 11-year-old boy and a 23-year-old woman dead.
The ECPO said the crime does not appear to be a random act, saying they believe the suspect had a relationship with one of the victims. Investigators blocked off the street where the stabbings occurred, and several nearby residents gathered to watch as the investigation unfolded.
Local news reported women, children and teens were among the victims, however police have yet to officially confirm the identities of the victims.
Officials say a 26-year-old Jeremy Arrington is wanted for questioning, labeled as a person of interest.
It is not yet known what lead to the stabbings and the conditions of the injured victims have not been confirmed. Police say he is wanted for questioning but should be considered armed and risky.
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka called the scene "horrific and frightful", and said it was "one of the most tragic and savage situations" he's seen in 20 years. Authorities say Arrington is also wanted for shooting and sexually assaulting a woman on October 9 in the Clinton Hill section of Newark.
"We cannot harbor this individual, we cannot hide this individual, we cannot wait for him to turn himself in".
Upset neighbors chanted "no more kids, no more kids!"
The Essex County Sheriff's Office is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction of a suspect.