Oklahoma beheading: 1 dies, 2 injured in violence at Moore food distribution center
MOORE — An incident at a Moore food distribution center left one woman dead, and two people injured, Moore police reported Thursday.
Officers found two women stabbed 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.
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.
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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.