Horror struck Vaughan Foods in Moore, Oklahoma early Friday as a recently fired employee attacked former co-workers with a knife. The suspect, Alton Nolen, 30, reportedly entered the business and attacked the first woman, 54-year-old Colleen Hufford, he could find. Nolen stabbed her several times before severing her head. Nolen attacked another woman, Traci Johnson, before being shot by Mark Vaughan, Chief Operating Officer of the company.
Vaughan is a reserve county deputy and was carrying a firearm. Witnesses claim the situation could have been much worse as Nolen showed no signs of stopping the violence.
New details emerging about Nolen are quite alarming. The FBI is reportedly joining the investigation due to Nolen's apparent Islamic background. Although the motive is not yet clear, officials fear Nolen could have been motivated by his extreme Islamic faith.
Nolen spent time in prison between January 2011 and March 2013 for multiple felony drug offenses, escape from detention, and assault and battery on a police officer. According to multiple sources, Nolen converted to Islam during his stay in prison.
Although initial reports claimed the beheading as workplace violence, the FBI is probing new details.Nolen was reportedly fired from Vaughan Foods for trying to convert co-workers to Islam and argued with a co-worker about the viability of "stoning women." In addition, Nolen's Facebook page is proliferated with captions and images that seemingly celebrate Islamic terrorism. On one caption next to an image of Pope Benedict XVI, he wrote "SHARIA LAW IS COMING!!!!" Nolen refers to himself as "Jah'Keem Yisrael on his Facebook page (link here).
ISIS has promised to attack Americans and has recently claimed the terrorist group is "mobilizing thousands in America and Canada to conduct acts of terror against the infidels."
To be clear, Nolen does not at this point have any connections to ISIS. However, his connections to radical beliefs such as Sharia Law are concerning nonetheless and Nolen's Facebook cover photo does appear to be an image of al-Qaida fighters.