New York Daily News: MANHATTAN – A knife-wielding gang member fatally stabbed a Columbia University student, wounded an Italian tourist and menaced another man in Central Park before police finally arrested him, bringing the terrifying spree to an end, the NYPD said.

The suspect, who was on parole for a gang assault conviction, cried out in joy after the second random attack, a witness told the Daily News.

“He was ecstatic,” said a Columbia University student who witnessed the attack on the tourist Thursday night on Columbus Ave. near W 110th St. on the Upper West Side.

The two-victim crime spree played out in less than an hour, beginning at about 11:09pm at the corner of W 123rd St and Amsterdam Ave in Harlem. That’s where the suspect, who police sources said was a member of EBK — or Everybody Killas gang — randomly stabbed and killed a 30-year-old student, cops said. The suspect then made his way south through Morningside Park, which is downhill from the Columbia campus.

When he got to W 110th St and Columbus Ave, near a pizzeria, he stabbed a second victim.

“Why? Why? Help me,” the second victim said, according to the Columbia student who witnessed the crime with friends from across the street.

“He tried to get up, and I told him to stay down,” the student said.

Police soon arrived, and the victim was taken away in an ambulance.

Police take into custody a suspect in the stabbing that occurred on W. 110 St. at Columbus Ave.
Police take into custody a suspect in the stabbing that occurred on W 110 St. at Columbus Ave – Sam Costanza/for New York Daily News

The suspect ran into nearby Central Park, where he menaced a 29-year-old man near W 104th St, police said.

Cops soon arrested the suspect. A Daily News photographer showed the suspect, wearing a jean jacket and orange hoodie, being taken into custody.

“Both [victims] were stabbed in the lower midsection. It appears they were unprovoked,” said a police supervisor at the scene.

The incident was still under investigation early Friday.

  • Top Feature Photo: Police and witnesses are seen here on W 110 St at Columbus Ave, where an investigation is being conducted into a stabbing on Thursday – Sam Costanza/for New York Daily News