October 21st, 2012
01:28 PM ET

Four dead in Wisconsin salon shooting, including gunman

[Updated 6:10 p.m.] Suspected shooter Radcliffe Haughton has been found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, Brookfield police Chief Daniel Tushaus said. He was found inside the salon where the shooting occurred.

[Updated 5:38 p.m.] Froedtert Hospital - the Milwaukee medical facility where four shooting victims are being treated - has "resumed normal operations" after earlier being placed in lockdown mode, the hospital said on its website.

"We are certain that our environment is safe," the hospital said in an update published at 4:25 p.m. CT.

[Updated 5:20 p.m.] President Barack Obama learned of the shooting around 12:30 p.m. CT from homeland security adviser John Brennan and then had a follow-up call an hour later involving, among others, FBI Director Bob Mueller, a White House statement said.

"The president was informed that the shooting did not appear to be terrorism-related," the statement said.

Earlier, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker offered '"our thoughts and prayers to the victims" and "the law enforcement and community support they need to heal in the coming days."

[Updated 4:56 p.m.] Authorities working to clear the building where Sunday's bloody shooting took place "believe we have identified what is being described as an improvised explosive device," Brookfield police Chief Daniel Tushaus said.

The device is "hampering our clearing of that building," the chief added.

[Updated 4:41 p.m.] Authorities "believe" three of the seven people shot Sunday have died, according to Tushaus.

The shooting took place around 11 a.m. CT (noon ET), the chief explained.

Authorities have been able to track down a 2003 Mazda Protege linked to the suspect - which was found outside the city of Brookfield - but the suspect remains at large. He's been identified as Radcliffe Haughton, who Tushaus said weighs 270 pounds and stands just over 6 feet tall.

[Updated 4:10 p.m.] Bomb squad personnel are at the scene of the shooting, Brookfield police Lt. John Beth said, pointing to concerns there may be explosives at the site.

[Updated 3:42 p.m.] ATF spokesman Thomas Ahern identifies the suspected shooter as Radcliffe Haughton, 45, of Brown Deer, Wisconsin. The shooting is being investigated as a possible domestic-related incident, according to Ahern. The suspect remains at large.

Radcliffe Haughton

[Updated 3:29 p.m.]ATF spokesman Thomas Ahern confirms to CNN that seven people were shot by a lone gunman at the Azana Hair Salon and Spa. "Employees said a man entered the salon, workers saw a firearm - a handgun of some sort," Ahern told CNN's Susan Candiotti. "An employee said to the gunman something like, 'If you're gonna rob the place, rob the place,' and then (the gunman) opened fire."

[Updated 2:24 p.m.] FBI and ATF agents are among the authorities at the scene, CNN affiliate WISN reports.

[Updated 2:07 p.m.] The nearby mall and some other buildings are on lockdown, CNN affiliates report.

[Updated 1:56 p.m.] CNN affiliate WTMJ reports authorities are looking for a suspect.

[Updated 1:54 p.m.] CNN affiliate WISN reports that a witness described seeing two women leaving the spa, apparently injured.  One crawled out and was taken by emergency responders.  The other was treated by emergency personnel in a squad car.

[Updated 1:32 p.m.] Hospital spokeswoman Nalissa Wienke tells CNN all four people in the emergency room appear to have non-critical injuries.  She could not say whether the injuries were due to gunshots.  At this time, the hospital does not believe it will need more staff, she said.

[Updated 1:28 p.m.] Numerous emergency vehicles are at a spa in Brookfield, Wisconsin, as local news agencies report a shooting took place.

Four people are in an emergency room, and another three are on their way, said Beth Strohbusch of Froedtert Hospital in nearby Milwaukee.

CNN affiliate WTMJ says the Waukesha Sheriff's Department confirmed there was a shooting, and that witnesses say it was either at or near the Azana Salon and Spa, which is across the road from Brookfield Square Mall.

CNN affiliate WISN called it a "mass shooting."

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  1. AJ

    Queue NRA loonies preaching about how this had nothing to do with guns. Gotta love America.

    October 21, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      Yes it will be nice when we have less guns. I am certain everyone will love the IEDS that we all learned to build. Big booms are coming.

      October 21, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • seyedibar

      yes, because everyone knows that before guns, murder didn't exist.

      October 21, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Veritas

      "Queue?" Go away, limey. Didn't you 'tossers' learn back in 1776 what happens when you try to interfere in our way of life?

      October 21, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • AJ

      Sure, murder existed, but crazy people didn't have the means to take a firearm and open fire on a room of innocent people because their prescription meds fried their brain. Gun enthusiasts deliberately ignore rational arguments when it comes to gun control. "I'm safe with my guns, so that means everyone else is too!" Wake up, people. No one is going to take away your guns, but the guns NEED to be out of the hands of people that aren't trained. No rational human being would disagree.

      October 21, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • RightNYer

      AJ, nobody disagrees that guns need to be out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill. Once you come up with an effective way of doing that without a completely civilian ban, then we can talk.

      October 21, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • DMG2FUN

      Guns do not operate by themselves. They take a person to operate them. So yes it is not the fault of the gun.

      October 21, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • cowboy hater

      WOOO sources from another site say it was a woman... a black one SHOCKER!!!
      and to my British friend yea we have higher gun crime .....but violent crime over all we were lower than all of europe while you were TOP even higher than south africa at 2044 crimes per 100k while the GOOD OLE GUN LOVING US OF A 422 per 100k so lick it

      October 21, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chooch0253

      For real. There is little doubt they will come out of the woodwork spewing the usual rhetoric about the 2nd Amendment and completely ignoring the "right to live" of others.

      October 21, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • phrogg111

      AJ – do you not understand? The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. Not the right of the government. Not the right of the militia. The right of the people.

      People have this right, the same way they have the right to free speech.

      Rights cannot be taken away without due process of law.

      Crazy people and criminals have alteady had their gun rights removed. They can still access guns, because criminals will always have them.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whizerd67

      Don't worry everyone..AJ made a typo..
      What he really meant to say was BAAAAAAAAA!
      Probably a few licking and kissing sounds in there as well.
      But don't be too harsh on him, his brainwashing was thorough.

      ~Blessed Be to all~

      October 21, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Helen

      Cowboy Hater. Your should get educated on the rest of the world before you open your mouth. You know American crime laws but obviously have not a clue about the crime rate in Europe. I guess ignorance in bliss. How many people killed by assault weapons is enough or acceptable by your?

      October 21, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • WEDF

      Helen,
      Crime rate in Europe is low because it has less blacks. You have to compare the crime rate in Europe with the crime rate of European-Americans,

      October 21, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dave

    Lot of killings in Obamas economic recovery.

    October 21, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skyler

      Thanks for acknowledging that it is in fact a recovery. Still doesn't stop the downtrodden victims of the Cheney administration economic meltdown from acting on their frustrations over it.

      October 21, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • GB

      more killings under bush– remember sept 11, 2001? Or you need a refresher???

      October 21, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      GB, yes 9/11 was just another shooting????

      October 21, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • BobInIrvine

      @Veritas: Thanks for proving the well-established fact that right-wing nuts are singularly responsible for the term "ugly American."

      And, no, I'm not a "limey." You, however, are a nut.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whizerd67

      To dave's coomment;
      =========
      dave

      GB, yes 9/11 was just another shooting????
      =========
      No...but that is what shootings will evolve into if there were NO guns.

      ~Blessed Be to all~

      October 21, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Helen

      I guess it would be better for the United States if there was no recovery because then you would not have all of these mass killings. All the other killings and bombings done by Americans in the past must have been under a depression and when the Republicans were in office. How sad that you can think like this.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Helen

      Reasonable Person. What group are you talking about. Think of what ethnic group the Oklahoma Bomber, the Uni Bomber, the Colombine and so on and so are came from I believe they were all Caucasian and probably not Democrats.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Skyler

    How many more have to die before conservatives start taking some responsibility?

    October 21, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      Responsibility for nutcases? Would you have them all quarintined like lepers? Maybe we could do that with gays,aids patients,divorcees..... The list goes on.

      October 21, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      @ Dave: No, responsibility for lax gun laws.

      October 21, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • DMG2FUN

      @Ian What lax gun laws?

      October 21, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Real World

      I hate to say it, but you can thank gun violence to Republicans. They want everyone to just kill eachother. It helps big business. The NRA endorses violence.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reasonable Person

      Over half the gun crimes in the US are committed by members of an ethnic group that votes 99% for Democrats.

      And yet it's "conservatives" that are to blame...

      Welcome to the loony logic of the Left.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whizerd67

      How about YOU taking some responsibility?
      Along with everyone else letting this happen.
      I've accepted mine, and am ready to rectify it..but noone can do it alone.
      So, I will sit here with my weapon of choice and defend my family members until I am dead. It's all I have left...and YOU and I are both partly responsible for that. Along with everyone else that are doing nothing about it.
      I apologize to everyone for my part of whats coming..but as I said, I can't do it alone. All I can do at this point is protect me and my family until I am dead. Thats all YOU can do too...but I'm not going down while being a sheep.

      ~Blessed Be to all~

      October 21, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • phrogg111

      Yeah, Skyler! The conservatives should take responsibility! They still won't make murder illegal, and if we just banned murder, then your right to murder people wouldn't outweigh my right to live!

      Ban murder now!

      October 21, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. caesarbc

    Now is the time to get a gun and defend yourselves from other terrorists.

    October 21, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      We'll all go down in a blaze of glory shootin' each other. It will be fantastic.

      October 21, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • caesarbc

      I'd rather take the chances that a good person who is responsible can identify a nutcase versus someone trying to take down a nutcase. Chances are good the bullets will stop once the true nutcase is taken down. Your point is taken, but ultimately falls apart in practice. This is WAR.

      October 21, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      You would rather take that chance, but do you realize you are forcing others to take that chance as well? Although I go back and forth on the idea, to be honest. But I just don't think most people have given it enough thought, I don't trust people.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • caesarbc

      Since it is obvious that we are headed towards WW3 anyways, I feel much more comfortable that every American citizen is practiced at firing a weapon.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      Point taken, possibly, or at least I understand the sentiment. I am not armed but there may be a day that I am. But I wonder if that's helping or if it's just part of the problem itself. Besides WW3 will probably be nukes and anthrax, not much good having guns.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • caesarbc

      Wrong George... they are showing us that for a war to occur, you do not need nukes. Who is the enemy? The enemy is lying in wait... hidden... in our open society. The enemy is us.
      Old conventional methods of warfare are unnecessary when a country can be softened from within.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      Part of the enemy within is the combination of guns and paranoia.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      If that's what you're talking about then WW3 has been happening since the dawn of time. Everyone has always been saying it's the end of the world, long before guns or WW1 or 2. The hate, greed and knee jerk reactions have been killing us forever, yet here we are, larger in numbers than ever.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • caesarbc

      Yes that may be true, but you are using a presentist bias from a complacency standpoint under previous conditions where it was unecessary to be packing. Now remove yourself from this bias, and place yourself in a 19th century southwestern context... suddenly, your piece is very meaningful, where you would fight to the last breath to hold on to your piece, even if the sherrif wanted you to surrender it at the border.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • caesarbc

      George – you tell people who go to salons, not to be paranoid.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      I do see your point but one would like to think we have gotten past that and what do we want to make the 21st century look like? Like the 19th century where people were lynched by mobs? Can we ever progress past our guns and violence? I guess not. Everyone stop dreaming.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • caesarbc

      I hate to be the bearer of bad news to you George, but the world has changed. Because you aspire to have happy days again, there are people who want to hurt you and prey on people just like you. They hate you, and everything you stand for. Let me remind you, this is WAR.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      Well you can fight that war then. Have fun. I say even if you win you still lost.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      Like most humans, you seem to be happy to fight your wars. I guess that's all that counts. So everything is fine, there is no problem really. Move along people.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • caesarbc

      That's fine. I realize there will be some pascifists out there, and that's OK. I will fight for your freedom too.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      Thanks. It is appreciated, I guess we all just do things in different ways. And on that note, you can call it being a pacifist if you want, but that would be like calling a hostage negotiator a pacifist because they get everyone out safe and didn't shoot the hostage taker.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Helen

      This whole interaction is scary. I can't imagine being so paranoid all the time. How sad. Way to go George a person with some sense. Nice to see there are some reasonable people out there.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. paul cos

    I am so glad that we have the second amendment rights...although it doesnt help the 1,000,000 people killed by guns since 1968...they have no rights now...ah well..god bless the NRA

    October 21, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      You are so correct, we should discasrd the 2nd amendment. In fact we don not need any rights at all. I can be dictator and determine what you need!

      October 21, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chooch0253

      @Dave it is quite obvious you do not have the mental capacity to determine what is needed for yourself much less anyone else.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • humblegentleman

      Chooch0253: There is a marked difference between "obvious" and "ostensible." Your salient lack of education and discernment are enough for me to flag your comment as nonsense.

      For whatever it's worth, I share dave's sentiment.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jon

    Here we go again : ( Where is the next one going to be? : (

    October 21, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Veritas

    If only all guns were outlawed, then shootings like this wouldn't happens because no one would have guns. After all, criminals are well known for their respect for laws and would surrender their weapons immediately. Right...

    October 21, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Cause obviously for all the shooting cases that has occurred over the past couple of years, there were civilians with guns returning fire to defend themselves right? There were not one case in which I heard civilians returning fire at a shooter in self defence at a public space.

      October 21, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. RightNYer

    If we locked up our mentally ill like we did prior to the liberals unleashing these monsters on society in the 60s, we wouldn't have these shootings.

    October 21, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      You mean prior to the conservative budget cuts in the last few years. Programs that were helping the mentally disturbed have been cut and people let go in the streets. This is a fact. And prisoners were let go early in the last 10 years, so we could pay for a war. Brilliant.

      October 21, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary MGuinness

      But then you wouldn't be able to comment, oh well.

      October 21, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • rswon

      Actually, it was Reagan who put thousands of mentally ill people on the streets. He gutted funding for mental hospitals. His theory was that block grants to the states would build community care centers. That never happened.

      October 21, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • TNPatriot

      Obviously you need a history lesson. It was the Conservatives that set them all free because they didn't want to waste taxpayer money addressing the problem. we see how that one worked out.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • RightNYer

      No, I don't want to "help them." I want to lock them in a cage.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      RightNYer – locking them up costs money, and with budget cuts many were let go, because no one wants to pay for them to be in a facility or get medication, but then get out and kill, and then we lock them up and then we pay for their health care after the fact. Kind of stupid.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Helen

      Please don't blame the mentally sick only. There are just a lot of angry and mean and sadistic people out there. George the cuts that you talk about and say it is because of the money needed to pay for the wars. Remember who started the war it was George Bush and I believe he was a Republican. Even now they are blaming Obama for not doing anything in the Middle East what is expected by Americans for Mitt Romney to start another war. Americans can't afford that and no other country is willing at this point to step in with them.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • WEDF

      Helen,
      Blacks, 12% of the population, commit 50% of all murders in the USA. They even overrepresented among serial killers.I don't think you can comprehend the concept of crime rate. Blacks are only 2,5% of Canada population. Pray that l it will never be 15%. They will behave differently.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Teresa

    I believe in gun control. All these shootings could have been avoided. Nra this is your fault. Nobody should be given a gun with a full background check.

    October 21, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anonymous

      As a female, I have purchased a firearm due to a previous attack. I can say that they do a thorough background check. Criminals do not. They get them from the black market.

      October 21, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bob

    America is violent and mentally ill and that is why it is a cespool of guns and nut heads

    October 21, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      Exactly. There are many countries with more guns, less guns, more gun control, less gun control, and they all have far less murders. What is wrong with people here, why all the crazies when we live in a great country?

      October 21, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • WEDF

      George, the other countrry has less or no blacks,

      October 21, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. the way we are...

    It is time to swiftly address this issue that seems to be a national past time nowdays. Catch them, take them to speedy trial in under 7 days, employ the death penality. all finished in 7-10 days...this has nothing to do with any amendments...gangsters will still have guns even if Bill Citizen is forced to have guns taken away. people kill people, guns are a tool...like a knife, poison, automobiles, drugs, There are many ways to kill w/o guns. Sane or insane, the fact remains...you took a life, no matter the tool used...This kind of crap makes me sick...

    October 21, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. AKA

    How come we haven't heard from Paul Ryan? How come he's silent? Doesn't he care?

    October 21, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • TNPatriot

      Ryan id hiding in his 'Cheney Bunker', waiting for the all clear. Then he'll hit up the TV cameras with his false bravado!

      October 21, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • flecka

      Ryan's in a soup kitchen somewhere...

      October 21, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. caesarbc

    We should get rid of guns in society, that way the terrorists will be able to shoot at us, and reload with confidence knowing that we are not armed, then continue shooting until we are all gone.

    October 21, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. VancCanadian

    Oh the usa ..... all hail the nra!

    October 21, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Veritas

      Oh Canada! Insignificant as ever!

      October 21, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • VancCanadian

      to veritas: yes, just how we like us. please keep ignoring the 30,000,000 healthy happy (happiest in the world) middle-class Canadians 🙂 Ignore away .......please.

      October 21, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • VancCanadian

      oh and veritas: keep your guns too .... just another way your can ignore us ....Please 🙂

      October 21, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. cndybizzle09

    For someone that lives 10 miles from the area, it's really scary. This is the second shooting in the past couple months here. The last one was at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, which is about a 30 minute drive from Brookfield, and Brookfield is a pretty nice area. I just can't believe all of this. What is happened to our world? To our country? To humanity? Seriously, how were these people raised? What happened to having parents that teach their children the difference between right and wrong?

    This is not how we, as humans, should be raised. Please keep Wisconsin in your prayers.

    October 21, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • caesarbc

      Buy a SIG Sauer P290, practice, practice, practice... and defend your rights and the rights of others to live in a free society. Take down anyone who wants to take those rights away from you and others. This is WAR.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • MixolydianFL

      cndy, I'm so sorry this happened twice in your area. I remember a series of murders in my city; it seemed they were spiraling inward toward our house. However, instead of prayer, let's spend time looking at examples of programs, including gun control and peace education, that have effectively reduced violence in other countries. The models are out there, and it's time for the people of Greater Milwaukee to take a stand.

      October 21, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
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