Victims identified as Colleen Hufford, 54 and Traci Johnson, 43
Police: “He did kill Colleen and he did sever her head”
An off-duty deputy shot and wounded the suspect, ending the attack
FBI to investigate the suspect after reports that he tried to convert people to Islam
(CNN) — A man suspected of beheading a woman and stabbing another worker at an Oklahoma food plant was fired right before the attack, police said Friday.
Alton Alexander Nolen, 30, was terminated from his job at Vaughan Foods processing plant just before the rampage Thursday afternoon in Moore, Oklahoma, just outside Oklahoma City, said Sgt. Jeremy Lewis of the Moore Police Department.
After “he was terminated, he drove to the front of the business, running into a vehicle, exited his vehicle, entered the business, where he encountered the first victim, Colleen Hufford, 54, and began assaulting her with a knife. He did kill Colleen and he did sever her head.”
A second woman, identified as 43-year-old Traci Johnson, survived the attack, thanks to the intervention of another co-worker — the company’s chief operating officer Mark Vaughan, an Oklahoma County reserve deputy — who shot and wounded Nolen.
Alton Alexander Nolen
Johnson was hospitalized in stable condition with “numerous knife wounds,” according to police.
Nolen was shot twice and was also hospitalized in stable condition.
“This off-duty deputy definitely saved Traci’s life,” Lewis said. “This was not going to stop if he didn’t stop it. He’s obviously a hero in this situation. It’s very tragic that someone did lose their life, but it could have gotten a lot worse. This guy was definitely not going to stop. He didn’t stop until he was shot.”
Nolen recently had been trying to convert co-workers to Islam, Lewis said.
Moore police have asked the FBI to help investigate the man’s background.
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“Due to the manner of death and the statement of co-workers and other initial information that investigators have gathered, we requested the assistance of the FBI in conducting a background investigation into Nolen.”
Earlier Friday, U.S. law enforcement officials said there were no indication the attack was linked to terrorism.
“We are shocked and deeply saddened by the events,” Vaughan Foods spokeswoman Danielle Katcher said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of the team member we lost and all those affected, ” Katcher added.
The attack appeared to be random. Lewis said the two victims were simply in Nolen’s way when he entered the building. “He wasn’t targeting anyone, wasn’t going specifically after them. It appears they were just in his way as he came in.”
Authorities were still interviewing witnesses Friday. Police said they did not yet have information on Nolen’s background. They also have not yet said what charges Nolen might be facing.
-The reason for posting this news story is that the ‘beheading’ part seemed awfully familiar seeing that it is most often a tool of the psychotic followers of the ‘Profit’ muhammmid. moohommid? merhammwad? Whatever. I read the story with absolutely NO SURPRISE in finding out that the psycho perp was a Muslim. Strange that the belief in imaginary creatures often leads to insanity, or vise versa…..
Many of the most famous psychos had incredibly warped delusions of power and influence, much like all-powerful imaginary beings that rape virgins and force them to birth ‘HIS’ son! Let us not forget promoting genocide, general murder and mayhem against rival religious sects, infanticide, incest and promotion of slavery! Most people who talk to those that are not there are on powerful meds, but on Sunday, millions gather to talk to themselves and do not even feel like they are nuts. Some times you feel like one, sometimes you don’t…..My main point is that reality is such a comfortable place for me that I feel like trading that in for a robe, staff, and a few archaic symbols kinda equals batshittery, ya think? O.K, I’m gonna stick with science and reason, and probably leave the accouterments of craziness to the believer. No, believers aren’t insane, they merely behave as though they have taken leave of their marbles. Cognitive dissonance people, cognitive dissonance.
My son was telling me about a day in his class when the teacher was asking questions regarding human origins in Africa only to have several of the kids say that the origins of humanity started in the Garden of Eden! Idaho is a conservative state so this was not all that strange, but it is still sad to hear the strong voice of early indoctrination ring out so clearly. Ignorance lives! Science deniers abound in Redneckville. All I can say is that this is how children are kept foolish and stay open to being radicalized to bullshit like Islam. 1,000 years, 23% of the population and only 1% of the Nobel Prizes. Jews make up 0.2% of the population and secular ones have recieved 26, yes 26% of the Nobel Prizes! Fact checked extensively and repeated by none other than Neil deGrasse Tyson himself. Warning: religion can lead to some crazy fucking bullshit!