Like charity, beheading in the name of Islam begins at home. According to Oklahoma station KFOR, the FBI is investigating a brutal attack on workers at a food distribution plant this morning that included the beheading of one of them. The suspect in the case, 30-year-old Alton Nolen, was a recent convert to Islam and had just been fired from his job.
Moore Police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis says Nolen drove to the front of the business this morning, struck a parked vehicle, and headed inside the building. The first person he encountered was 54-year-old Colleen Hufford, whom he promptly began slicing up with a knife. Lewis confirms it was the type of knife used at the plant. He also confirms that Hufford was stabbed several times before Nolen “severed her head.”
He turned his attention next on 43-year-old Traci Johnson and began attacking her with the same knife. It was at this juncture that Mark Vaughan, an Oklahoma County reserve deputy and a former CEO of the business who was armed, subdued the deranged man with several shots.
The company, 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 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.
Although the denialists have not yet weighed in on the story, largely because it’s breaking news, once they do, you bank on them claiming (1) that this was workplace violence, wholly unrelated to Nolen’s recent conversion to the religion of peace and (2) that his decapitation of a coworker who refused to “surrender” had nothing to do with the current rash of beheadings by ISIS.