APD spokesman Carlos Campos said officers are investigating the claims made by the suspect’s supporters.
“We are not sure if the information is credible, but are investigating the incident and will pursue this and any other leads,” he said. “It should be noted, however, that officers arrested a man identified as stabbing five people. It will be up to the judicial system to determine if there were any mitigating factors prior to the stabbings.”
According to the incident report, a passerby found the switchblade — coated with blood and chunks of flesh — alleged to have been used in the stabbing about a half a mile from the 200 block of Gibson Avenue, where the party was held.
Police were first called to the 900 block of Northern Avenue, where one of the victims was found bleeding heavily, with a stab wound in his rear left thigh. Officers then located two other stabbing victims at Freedom Parkway and North Avenue. By then, the other three persons involved in the fracas, including O’Donovan, had been transported to Atlanta Medical Center.