Naturally the first reaction of the authorities is there was no link to terrorism. Of course.
A knife-wielding man barged into an Oklahoma food distribution plant and stabbed two workers — one fatally — before an off-duty cop took down the attacker.
Alton Nolen beheaded a woman at Moore’s Vaughan Foods, CNN reported,and tried to kill another during the Thursday afternoon attack.
Moore police would not immediately confirm the attack as a beheading.
Officials told CNN there was no immediate link to terrorism.
Police said the 30-year-old drove to the warehouse around 4:30 p.m. and attacked the first two people he could find.
In a stunning development the suspect had a criminal record.
Oklahoma Department of Corrections online records show Nolen’s criminal history dates back to 2011, including possession of a controlled substance, escape from detention and assault and battery on a police officer.
Update: You’ll never guess what religion he practices.
The FBI is now looking into Nolen’s background after his former co-workers said he tried to convert them to Islam after recently converting himself.
Lewis says the FBI is working in conjunction with the Moore Police Department, especially when it comes to the religious aspect of the case.
At this time, it is not known if the suspect’s beliefs played a role in the attack.
The headline to this story has been updated to reflect his mostly peaceful religion.
Sgt. Jeremy Lewis says the alleged suspect, 30-year-old Alton Nolen had just been fired when he drove to the front of the business, hit a vehicle and walked inside.
He walked into the front office area where he met 54-year-old Colleen Hufford and began attacking her with a knife.
Sgt. Lewis confirms the type of knife used in the attack is the same kind used at the plant.
Lewis confirms that Hufford was stabbed several times and that Nolen “severed her head.”
At that point, Lewis claims Nolen met 43-year-old Traci Johnson and began attacking her with the same knife.
Officials say at that point, Mark Vaughan, an Oklahoma County reserve deputy and a former CEO of the business, shot him as he was actively stabbing Johnson.
Vaughan’s a hero, although we doubt the anti-gun clowns will acknowledge that fact.