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(CNN) — The man suspected of beheading a woman and stabbing another woman at his Oklahoma workplace had recently been fired, police said Friday.

Alton Alexander Nolen, 30, was terminated from his job at Vaughn Foods on Thursday just before the rampage occurred, Moore police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis said.

Nolen recently had been trying to convert co-workers to Islam, Lewis said, citing investigators’ interviews with witnesses. Moore police have asked the FBI to help investigate the man’s background, Lewis said.

Alton Nolen allegedly killed a woman and tried to kill another at an Oklahoma warehouse. (Photo: Logan County Sheriff's Office)

Alton Nolen allegedly killed a woman and tried to kill another at an Oklahoma warehouse. (Photo: Logan County Sheriff’s Office)

The incident happened at the Vaughn Foods processing plant in Moore, about 10 miles south of Oklahoma City.

The company’s chief operating officer, Mark Vaughan, shot Nolen, Lewis said. Vaughan is a reserve sheriff’s deputy.

Nolen and a surviving victim were taken to a hospital where they were both listed in stable condition.