MOORE, Oklahoma — The FBI is now involved in the investigation related to the beheading of a woman and the stabbing of another woman at an Oklahoma workplace.
Sgt. Jeremy Lewis says the alleged suspect, 30-year-old Alton Nolen had just been fired when he drove to the front of the Moore food distribution plant, hit a vehicle and walked inside. He then walked into the front office area where he met 54-year-old Colleen Hufford and began attacking her with a knife. Hufford was stabbed several times before Nolen “severed her head,” KFOR reports.
At that point, Sgt. Lewis claims Nolen met 43-year-old Traci Johnson and began attacking her with the same knife.
Officials say Mark Vaughan, an Oklahoma County reserve deputy and a COO of the business, shot him as he was actively stabbing Johnson.
“He’s a hero in this situation,” Sgt. Lewis told KFOR, 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 working in conjunction with the Moore Police Department to look into Nolen’s background after his former co-workers said he tried to convert them to Islam after recently converting himself.
At this time, it is not known if the suspect’s beliefs played a role in the attack.
Employees are back at work today.
Vaughan Foods released the following statement about the attack:
“On behalf of everyone at Vaughan Foods, we are shocked and deeply saddened by the events of today. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of the team member we lost and all those affected. Our focus is on the safety and well-being of our employees. We will provide counseling and support for our team members and support each other through this difficult time. We are working with authorities on this active investigation and ask that you direct your questions to local law enforcement.”
The Moore Police Department released the 911 tapes associated with the attack.
911 Caller: “Shut the door, shut the door!”
Dispatcher: “Moore 911, where’s your emergency?”
911 Caller: “Vaughan Foods, Moore, Oklahoma, 216 N.E. 12th St.”
Dispatcher: “What’s going on there?”
911 Caller: “We have someone attacking someone in the building. I was just informed.”
Dispatcher: “Okay, where are they at?”
911 Caller: “Inside, are they in the office? They’re in the office, front office of the building. Yeah, we can hear a lot of screaming. We’re actually in a different office but someone just came in here yelling.”
Dispatcher: “Okay, do you know where they’re at in the building?”
911 Caller: “In the front of the building, there’s our main entrance.”
Dispatcher: “Okay, do you know where he is at in the plant?”
911 Caller: “We know that he’s loose. He has stabbed someone.”
Dispatcher: “Yeah, we’ve got medical en route for them. Is anybody with him or do you know?”
911 Caller: “Hold on, I’m going to put you on speakerphone for one second. Okay, so we don’t know where the person went and he went through our front office, went through the shipping office and stabbed a woman in our customer service department.”
Dispatcher: “Okay, did he know her? Is that who he was arguing with? Is she an employee?”
911 Caller: “She is an employee.”
Dispatcher: “Okay, thank you.”
911 Caller: “Lock that door.”
Dispatcher: “Yeah, lock everyone in there if you can.”
911 Caller: “Yeah, we’re trying. Okay, can you hear this in the background?”
Dispatcher: “Is that him? He’s back?”
911 Caller: “Yeah, it sounds like he’s running around out here.”
911 Caller: “And that’s a gun shot.”
Dispatcher: “Got a gun shot. Units responding to Vaughan Foods, be advised we do now have gunshots. Okay, do you know where he’s at now?”
911 Caller: “He’s in the hallway, outside of the center of the building.”
Dispatcher: “Maybe in the hallway in the center of the building. And how many more shots have you heard?”
911 Caller: “We’ve heard three.”
Dispatcher: “Three shots?”
911 Caller: “Now I’m hearing somebody yelling in the hallway.”
Dispatcher: “There’s another subject yelling in the hallway. Units be advised that there’s another subject yelling in the hallway. Still same amount of injuries.”
911 Caller: “Stay down, stay down.”