Alton Nolen

A man was so furious at being sacked that he decapitated a co-worker and stabbed another.

The murderous rampage was only brought to an end when the boss of the Oklahoma food plant shot the sacked worker, wounding him.  Now Mark Vaughn, the chief operating officer, who is also a reserve police officer, is being hailed as a hero for his quick actions, as police fear the death toll could have been much higher.  Vaughn shot Alton while he was in the act of stabbing his second victim.

Police issued a statement saying that 30 year-old Alton Nolen was “angry” after his lost his job at Vaughan Foods and that he had “recently started trying to convert some of his co-workers to the Muslim faith.”  The FBI is probing whether Nolen had any links to terrorism; his victims appear to have been chosen at random.

Emergency vehicles gathered at the scene

Emergency vehicles gathered at the scene

The rampage began at about 4pm yesterday afternoon, when Nolen drove his car to the warehouse from the car park, hitting another vehicle in the process.  He then strolled through the main entrance of the plant and began his terrifying rampage.

The first victim was 54 year-old Colleen Hufford.  Moore Police spokesman Jeremy Lewis told a press conference: “He did kill Colleen and he did sever her head. It could have gotten a lot worse; this guy was definitely not going to stop.” There were several hundred employees in the plant at the time of the incident.

Both Nolen and the second victim, 43 year-old Traci Johnson, are both said to be in a stable condition in hospital.