“This suspect was angry about some sort of incident that happened at the business,” Sgt. Jeremy Lewis of the Moore Police Department said. “These women really had nothing to do with that. He was just acting out against them. They are the first people he came in contact with.”
Alton Nolen, who recently converted to Islam and was actively trying to convert his fellow co-workers, was fired from his job at Vaughan Foods in Moore, Oklahoma. Shortly after being fired, Nolen returned to the location and brutally beheaded the first person he saw, 54-year-old Colleen Hufford.
The 30-year-old Nolen then brutally and repeatedly stabbed another woman 43-year-old Traci Johnson, before he was shot by Mark Vaughan, the Chief Operating officer at Vaughan Foods.
“He’s a hero in this situation,” Lewis said of Mark Vaughan. “It could have gotten a lot worse.”
Nolen did not know either victim.
“They just happened to be in his way as he came in upset,” Lewis said.
Nolen was taken to a nearby hospital and expected to survive, police said. He has not yet been charged with a crime.
Johnson was in stable condition and also expected to recover.