One resident wounded

1 killed in stabbing at Atlanta senior center

by The Associated Press


Baptist Towers Apartments

ATLANTA (AP) — Police in Atlanta are investigating a stabbing at a senior care apartment complex that left one resident dead and another wounded.

Two residents of the center were stabbed by another resident at the Baptist Towers Apartments in southwest Atlanta shortly before 11 p.m. Monday, Atlanta police told WSB-TV.

Units responding to the stabbing call found the woman dead in her second-floor apartment at the facility on Myrtle Street, Atlanta police Capt. Tim Peek said.

Ellen Hall Varner told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that her mother, Mary Oliver, was killed in the attack. Varner said her mother would have turned 76 on Tuesday.

A second victim, a man in his early 70s, was stabbed multiple times in his upper torso and face in his apartment on the seventh floor of the assisted living facility, Peek said. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in stable condition.

Police say they apprehended a suspect -- a 60-year-old man who is also a resident at the center -- near the scene and had him in custody early Tuesday.

Officers "were able to recover two knives that did have blood on them," Peek said.

"There does not appear to be any definite relationships between the parties at this point," Peek said.

"We're unclear on the actual motive," he added. "We don't know why the person chose to do whatever he did."

The suspect, who lives on the fifth floor, is accused of stabbing the man on the seventh floor, then going down to the second floor where Oliver lived.

Varner said the suspect kicked her mother's door in and began attacking her.

"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."

The facility's on-site security guard was apparently making rounds outside the tower when the stabbings occurred, Peek said.

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