At thie outset this looks like a former employee going postal after being terminated…until you find out the first victim in this attack was stabbed twice and beheaded. The second victim in the attack was stabbed but is still alive, thanks in part to a security guard who shot the perpetrator. He is also still alive and expected to survive.
Then we find out from coworkers that Alton Nolen had recently converted to Islam and had been trying to convert people at Vaughn Foods to Islam. Because of this the local police force called in the FBI to help investigate the background of Nolen, especially in regard to his conversion to Islam.
This happened yesterday around 4pm in Oklahoma, which makes me suspect that it was a lone wolf attack initiated by the call to arms by ISIS. I certainly wouldn’t rule it out at this point.
Here’s the official story:
KFOR NEWS – Officials with the Moore Police Department say the FBI is now involved in the investigation related to a brutal attack of workers at a food distribution plant.
Sgt. Jeremy Lewis says the alleged suspect, 30-year-old Alton Nolen had just been fired when he drove to the front of the business, hit a vehicle and walked inside.
He walked into the front office area where he met 54-year-old Colleen Hufford and began attacking her with a knife.
Sgt. Lewis confirms the type of knife used in the attack is the same kind used at the plant.
Lewis confirms that Hufford was stabbed several times and that Nolen “severed her head.”
At that point, Lewis claims Nolen met 43-year-old Traci Johnson and began attacking her with the same knife.
Officials say at that point, Mark Vaughan, an Oklahoma County reserve deputy and a former CEO of the business, shot him as he was actively stabbing Johnson.
“He’s a hero in this situation,” Sgt. Lewis said, referring to Vaughan. “It could have gotten a lot worse.”
Authorities say it appears Nolen was attacking employees at random.
Johnson is in stable condition at a local hospital, recovering from her injuries.
The FBI is now looking into Nolen’s background after his former co-workers said he tried to convert them to Islam after recently converting himself.
Lewis says the FBI is working in conjunction with the Moore Police Department, especially when it comes to the religious aspect of the case.