A man in his 60s is in police custody today after allegedly stabbing two other residents of a southwest Atlanta senior living facility.
A woman, Mary Oliver, was declared dead at the scene and another victim remains at Grady Memorial Hospital in stable condition, according to Atlanta Police Department Capt. Tim Peek. According to the Baptist Towers newsletter, Oliver’s birthday would have been today. The AJC reports that she would have been 76.
APD has not released the name of the suspect in the stabbings, but say they caught a man with knives that were bloody near the complex. The attacks happened around 11 p.m. on Monday at Baptist Towers, near East Point.
Peek said officers “were able to apprehend the suspect near the scene and were able to recover two knives that did have blood on them.”
Peek added the facility’s on-site security guard was apparently making rounds outside the tower when the stabbings occurred.
Oliver’s daughter, Ellen Hall Varner, said that the suspect, who lives on the 11-story high rise’s 5th floor, first stabbed the man on the 7th floor, then “went home, took a shower, changed clothes and stuff.”
The suspect then went to the second floor, “and kicked my mother’s door in,” Varner told the AJC.
“Immediately when you come in the door, her kitchen is to the right,” Varner said, describing her mother’s apartment. “He got one of her butcher knives out of there and went in and started stabbing her. She was in bed.”
Varner said detectives told her that her mother suffered a deep gash to the back of her head, a cut under her left eye and several stab wounds to the chest.
Police said they have not yet determined a motive for the attacks.
“There does not appear to be any definite relationships between the parties at this point,” Peek said.