MOORE — An incident at a Moore food distribution center left one woman dead, and two people injured, Moore police reported Thursday.Details are still coming in, but here's a timely observation about the "shooting" part (from WREG):
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.
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, [police Sgt. Jeremy] Lewis said.
Investigators said, Mark Vaughan, a Oklahoma County reserve deputy and former CEO of the business, shot [Suspect] as he was stabbing [Victim #2].But... But... But guns are never used to stop crimes. Shannon Watts said it, I believe it, that settles it.
"He’s a hero in this situation," Sgt. Lewis said, referring to Vaughan. "It could have gotten a lot worse."
Also being reported is the attacker's recent conversion to Islam and his efforts at converting his co-workers. Because of this, the FBI has been called in to assist in the investigation. I have my thoughts on whether the suspect's religious views are related to the attack, but we're waiting for official confirmation.
[UPDATE: 11:52 am PDT] MSNBC is reporting, No Evidence Oklahoma Beheading Linked to Terrorism, Police Say. My opinion: No evidence doesn't necessarily mean no link. The attack itself may have been (and probably was) a dangerous and violent man's vendetta for being fired, but nobody decapitates a victim as a matter of course, especially not with what amounts to a kitchen knife (commercial model, but not significantly different from anything in your home kitchen). I believe he was using the brutality to make a statement, but only he can tell us what, exactly, that statement is. [/UPDATE]
[UPDATE 2: 2:27 pm PDT] William A. Jacobson, who runs the most-excellent Legal Insurrection blog (which is on your frequent-read list, right?), notes that disenfranchised workers now have an option between "going postal" and "going ISIS". Given the gravity of the events, I'm not sure how to feel about it, but it is a powerful insight. [/UPDATE 2]
I would note, however, that the first Fort Hood shooting was perpetrated by a practicing Muslim — who communicated with known
I'll try to keep this post updated as new information comes in. Stay safe out there.