The FBI is collaborating with the Moore Police in an investigation connected to the Sept. 25 beheading of a woman at the Vaughn Foods distribution center in Moore, Oklahoma, “after co-workers said the suspect tried to convert them to Islam after his recent conversion,” according to Fox News. The suspect in the gruesome stabbing and beheading of one woman plus the stabbing of another woman at the business has been identified as 30-year-old Alton Nolen who was recently fired from Vaughn Foods.
Leading up to the violence inside the plant, Nolen drove up to the distribution center, striking another vehicle outside as he approached the building, and then walked inside. Once inside he went after 54-year-old employee Colleen Hufford. Moore Police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis said that Nolen stabbed Hufford several times before beheading her. He then commenced to stabbing another woman at the site, 43-year-old Traci Johnson.
Turns out, the CEO of Vaughn Foods, Mark Vaughn, who also happens to be a reserve county deputy, was on the scene and armed. Vaughn shot Nolen while he was stabbing Johnson. Nolen survived the shooting but is in critical condition. Johnson survived Nolen’s stabbing attack, thanks to Vaughn, and is currently hospitalized in stable condition.
Lewis went on to say that Vaughn was a hero in that situation. “It could have gotten a lot worse,” Lewis said.
Nolen was apparently attacking employees at random, authorities said. The motive for the attack is unclear, but FBI officials are now reportedly probing whether Nolen’s recent conversion to Islam is somehow linked to the crime.
Nolen hasn’t regained consciousness since being shot yesterday. Any criminal charges against him are still pending. KFOR shared a statement released by Vaughn Foods expressing their shock and sadness at the tragic events. The company will be providing “counseling and support for our team members and support each other through this difficult time.” KFOR also shared the 911 transcripts provided by the Moore Police Department.
911 Caller: “Shut the door, shut the door!”
Dispatcher: “Moore 911, where is your emergency?”
911 Caller: “Vaughan Foods, Moore, Oklahoma, 216 N.E. 12th St. We have..”
Dispatcher: “What’s going on there?”
911 Caller: “We have someone attacking someone in the building. I was just informed. I’m in the..”
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: “315. 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.
911 Caller: “Okay.”
Dispatcher: “Is anybody with him or do you know?”
911 Caller: “Hold on, my (garbled.)
Dispatcher: “Respond on lacerations. Vaughan Foods, 216, go ahead sir, N.E. 12th.”
911 Caller: “I’m going to put you on speakerphone for one second, okay?”
Dispatcher: “Standby on a map. Page 1608, time out.”
911 Caller: “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? Do you know, is that who he was arguing with? Is she an employee?”
911 Caller: “She is an employee, yeah.”
Dispatcher: “Okay, thank you.”
911 Caller: “Lock that door.”
Dispatcher: “Yeah, go ahead lock everybody 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, 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, stay down.”
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.”
Police say that Nolen had no relation to either of his victims at the plant. There were approximately 300 employees inside the distribution center when the violence erupted.