An incident at a Moore food distribution center left one woman beheaded, and two people injured, Moore police reported Thursday.
Officers found one women stabbed, one beheaded, and a man shot inside Vaughan Foods, Inc., 216 NE 12, in what has been described as an incident of workplace violence. One of the women was pronounced dead.
Alton Nolen, 30, was identified as the man who was shot, and is accused of stabbing the two women, police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis said.
Nolen was shot by an off-duty Oklahoma County reserve deputy who is employed by the business, police said.
Shortly before 4:15 p.m., callers told police someone was being stabbed in a fit of workplace violence. Minutes later, police received calls of an active shooter situation at the same location, Lewis said.
It has been reported that this is a work place crime and not a terrorist act.
According to MSNBC, Alton Nolen decapitated Colleen Hufford, 54, and began stabbing Traci Johnson, 43, after being fired from the Vaughan Foods plant, police say. Company owner Mark Vaughan, an Oklahoma County reserve deputy, shot Nolen, stopping his attack and injuring him. Both Nolen and Johnson are in stable condition.
According to the state corrections department, Nolen was convicted in January 2011 of multiple felony drug offenses, assault and battery on a police officer and escape from detention. He was released from prison in March 2013. Neither woman had any relationship with Nolen.
Off-duty employees, friends and family of employees waited in bunches outside the business to hear what had happened.
One woman cried with relief when she learned her sister inside was OK and not involved in the incident.
Shanice House, whose husband Malcom Charles works at Vaughan Foods, said she came to the business to check on her husband after hearing on the news that a shooting had occurred.
“As soon as I saw it on the news I came down here, but my cellphone is dead and I can’t call him, so I am just assuming he is OK,” she said.
Police kept some of the employees inside after the incident while they searched the building and took statements.
Matthew Chapman said he was off work but got a phone call that something was going on, so he hurried to the scene.
“I’m just waiting to hear more about what happened,” he said.
Nolen and the woman were taken to OU Medical Center, Lewis said. Both underwent surgery Thursday night, and their conditions were not known.
The names of the women and the off-duty reserve deputy were not released Thursday.
Vaughan Foods is a subsidiary of Reser’s Fine Foods, but was founded by Mark Vaughan before it was sold to Reser’s.
Vaughan is the chief executive officer of the business and also is an Oklahoma County reserve deputy who was off duty at the time of the incident, according to a friend at the scene.
However, the friend said, he didn’t believe Vaughan was involved in the shooting because he wouldn’t have been working security.
Had the off duty cop not been there, many more would have died. Good thing he had his weapon in him. We applaud the off duty cop in his heroic actions.