ISIS beheading fears have reached Oklahoma, and with good reason, as a fired 30-year-old man whom police say identifies as Muslim, stabbed two women at the Vaughan Foods plant in Moore, Oklahoma, killing one and severing her head.
The surviving victim, 43-year-old Traci Johnson, was rushed to the hospital along with her attacker, who was shot and wounded by a company official.
While there is no clear indication that this is an ISIS beheading, Moore Police are concerned enough that they have requested the FBI to help with a background investigation into the individual since he used a similar M.O. as was used on victims James Foley and Steven Sotloff among others, and since he reportedly identified with the Muslim faith.
The victim was identified as 54-year-old plant worker Colleen Hufford, reports Newsday.
In a separate report from The Huffington Post, the suspect was identified as Alton Nolen. HuffPo also identified Nolen’s shooter as “an off-duty sheriff’s deputy who was also the former owner of the business.”
Sgt. Jeremy Lewis of the Moore Police said the deputy shot Nolen “several times” with a rifle. Nolen is expected to survive.
“This was not going to stop if he didn’t stop it. It could have gotten a lot worse,” Lewis said in comments to the Associated Press, which added that Nolen and the victims “only knew each other through work” and were not connected outside of their jobs.
Given what we know about the case at this time, there is reason to be concerned that this is an ISIS beheading, though it’s also possible the perpetrator is a “loose cannon” acting alone.
Australia has recently cracked down on what are believed to be members of the terrorist cell acting inside their country. Recently, separate raids managed to capture 15 individuals who were planning to take members of the public, behead them on video, and then release the videos to the public through the Middle Eastern arm of the Islamic State.
Some conservative media outlets have feared that such attacks could happen here, and have even gone to the point of showing how easy it would be to sneak into the country by way of the U.S.-Mexico border.
One outlet even sent a man dressed as an Islamic State terrorist with a crude mockup of a severed head. He was able to walk across into the country without incident.
What do you think, readers? Is the murder of Colleen Hufford reason to think we had an ISIS beheading in Oklahoma? Share your thoughts in our comments section.