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. Karakartal

    What's more important, to preserve hunting rights of few or saving innocent lives? Ok no body is saying ban it totally but for god's sake we need tighter gun laws. It's madness that you can get almost any type of weapon so easily in this country.

    October 21, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anonymous

      I agree we need better regulation on firearm purchases. However too strict laws will make it harder to buy a gun for protection while criminals will easily get it in the black market.. I can say that from a personal experience that after being attacked ( I'm female ) it served to prevent harm to myself, and the police was able to take the attacker into custody. A gun has saved me from being dead, and I know of other women with similar experiences.

      October 21, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Alicia

    CNN loves these stories...it's put on the front page to illustrate how "gun control" is essential.. its to get us robots to agree with the fraudulent part of our govt. that we should not own guns.

    I say this because there are slightly more important issues to be reporting on... full time, like the globalist element that drives politicians to exercise more control an reduce our freedoms... oh, but wait!, CNN is their mouthpiece so, they can't do that now can they?.

    October 21, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. superconsciousharmony

    too much hatred in the world, hurting ppl hurting others... praying for the victims and their families, and everyone posting their opinions. be blessed/be well/take care – hc

    October 21, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Stef Fletcher

    I am always amazed that your God - the liberal God - is such a hater. Seems a little off doesn't it? Or are you just a hater?

    October 21, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Yeah, Stasz

    Yeah, because a lot of Glenn Beck supporters are black males.

    October 21, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. 0Patrick0

    I think they meant to say Texas or California or Florida, not Wisconsin.

    October 21, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      It's just getting worse in Wisconsin. All the trash is coming into our state & ruining things for us. All I want is a bright, healthy future for my child. Not have to worry 'is he okay playing outside??'

      October 21, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. sohappy

    obviously false flag gun control attempt -part of f and f

    October 21, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Barry

    All of these shootings have one outcome in common. Gun control. Rarely mentioned when the killer is a police officer.

    October 21, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • vey

      True. There has been an increase in police violence.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. DMG2FUN

    "works4me: No one is looking to ban guns. "
    This would be true if you did not want to ban assault weapons, before it was Saturday night specials. Now it is assault weapons. What next sniper guns? Any gun with a scope on it can be used as a sniper gun.

    October 21, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. kerry

    it was only a matter of time. waiting for the next mass shooting already.

    October 21, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. mormons are not christians

    Idiocy in America. Jeebuz save us all

    October 21, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Julie Labrouste

    So unless this is some robbery gone wrong, we have yet another tragedy where a person that’s mentally ill went on a murderous rampage in a society that doesn’t take mental healthcare seriously. We have come to tacitly accept these massacres as the inevitable price for refusing to put forth the necessary time, energy, effort and especially money to reduce these tragedies to a level that’s anywhere near that of other nations and regions, like Europe. We all feel sad. We all feel outrage. We all are shocked. We all are horrified. We are all confused. We all experience these emotions and wonder why, but the fact is, we all KNOW why the probabilities of these massacres happening in the U.S. are so astronomically higher here and that’s because we just don’t care enough. It’s like bullying in this nation; if we REALLY wanted to stop child-on-child violence WE COULD; we instead CHOOSE not to because this is viewed as too costly. And so whenever that violence happens, we put-up the same façade. If we really cared, we’d do something; indeed, we would not stop until all of this was reduced to at least as uncommon as they occur in Europe. But we don’t.

    October 21, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. vey

    America Divided and conquered, and controlled.. oh look up "Hegelianism"

    October 21, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. fibsernum

    Our second amendment rights at work again.
    Another proud day for the NRA; Charlton Heston is smiling down with satisfaction.
    Now if everybody in the mall and spa and golf club had been carrying a gun.........!
    Maybe they should make golf clubs that are also rifles for quicker response. Every mall could have a complimentary gun rack next to the umbrella stand for use while shopping.

    Guns don't kill people; people with guns kill people.

    October 21, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • vey

      Thats not what 2nd Amendment is. Another ignorant American.. what are the odds?

      October 21, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. John

    We need to reduce gun laws!!! Tea Party 2012!!!!

    October 21, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
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