A man suspected of beheading a woman and stabbing another worker at Vaughan Foods, an Oklahoma food plant, was fired right before the attack. Alton Alexander Nolen, 30, was terminated from his job at the processing plant just before the rampage Thursday afternoon in Moore, Oklahoma, just outside Oklahoma City.
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 then beheaded her.
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.
Johnson was hospitalized in stable condition with “numerous knife wounds,” according to police. Nolen was shot twice and was also hospitalized in stable condition. Nolen had recently converted to Islam and had been talking to co-workers in an attempt to convert them.
This indirect connection to Islam has police officials across the country wondering about lone wolf attacks and has raised communities awareness even further in the face of the recent ISIS beheadings.