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. Renee

    This is so nuts. This is my spa. It's in a great area. I was due for a pedicure, my gym is nearby. I easily could have been there. The staff there are awesome. I feel so bad or all the victims. It's inconceivable anyone can think shooting people like thus s a good idea.

    October 21, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Brainwashed NRA Loon

    Attention everyone: Guns don't kill people. People kill people. That's why we should make guns easier to access, so mentally ill people and criminals can kill people easier. Anything else is un-American.

    October 21, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kyle C

    It seems as if there is a mass shooting every month now. Most of these shootings have been commited by citizens who purchased there weapons legally. Yet, NRA nutjobs still claim that there need to be more guns.

    October 21, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. meowmixtrollbuster

    I am a cat, therefore you troll is irrelaphant.

    October 21, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Eric

    It's not a gun issue; It's a cultural issue. If it were just a gun issue, then these kinds of random mass shootings of strangers would be commited just as much by all cultural and ethnic groups as a proportion of population. But they're not. They're commited by people who are socially isolated and emotionally repressed from cultures that allow for or encourage social isolation and emotional repression (anglo-saxon protestant & Asian-American). You almost never see a black person commiting this kind of crime because they're almost never emotionally repressed and isolated.

    October 21, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dark Poet

    I didn't say white people didn't.. I'm just saying how come all you sheep on her IMMEDIATELY blame the right wingers? More gang related shootings happen every day but you don't hear about them on CNN.....

    Stop with this whole.. anti-NRA BS

    Name one NRA member in the last 20 years that has committed a MASS SHOOTING crime?! I can sit there and name at least 4 left wingers that have...

    October 21, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. atroy

    Don't forget to add that over 2000 people will log onto news comments sections today to demonstrate their 2nd grade level English skills.

    October 21, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JamesFLA

    Guns should be illegal. Only police should have guns

    October 21, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheBob

      Yes. In fact police should be given absolute power because they never abuse their power.

      October 21, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • humblegentleman

      JamesFLA: I hope you are smart enough to detect the sarcasm in TheBob's comment.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Heidi

    Bad guys will always have guns. Always. it doesn't matter what the law is.....they are bad people. Restrictions only keep good people from having guns. geez ~ so simple.

    October 21, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rufus T. Firefly

      geez – so oversimplified.

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

      Yeah, and when rocket launchers are outlawed, only outlaws will have rocket launchers!
      Thank God our right to bear rocket launchers has not been infringed upon, because I fear the day Obama succeeds in making it illegal to own and hunt with one, or use it for my own personal protection! Lord knows when rocket launchers are illegal to own, there will surely be a rash of killings committed with them by criminals, because only criminals will have them! So simple ...

      October 21, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Michelle

    Right away this goes to politics. Also it said NOTHING about being a black person! Read the facts!

    October 21, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. TheBob

    It was Paul Ryan. He thought it was hunting season but was confused about where he was.

    October 21, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • rosethornne

      He knew where he was. He was hunting 'varmints'

      October 21, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheBob

      There are illegal Mexicans in Wisconsin?

      October 21, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bigdon22

    Let's hear it for The NRA Guns, Guns, Guns for everyone. Wake up America everyone can't have guns.

    October 21, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Libacryte

      You're right, and nobody, not even the NRA is saying that "every one" needs a gun.

      But there ARE violent people, crazy people, and criminals among us. Luckily, they are in the minority.

      October 21, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cleanse

    Well, looks like someone was having a bad nail day.

    October 21, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Debra

    Lets go back to when you are found guilty for murder (any murder... guns, knives, poison, ect.) you are put to death within days. You didn't get second and third chances and didn't get years on death row to suck tax dollars away. MAYBE some of these crazys will think twice.

    October 21, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • ronjayaz

      Do "crazies" really think?

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

      So you think someone that is about to go on a rampage will decide not to because he is afraid of the death penalty? Most people that do things like this are doing this AS their death sentence.

      October 21, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. RE McCray

    Terrible tragedy. I wonder if Paul Ryan would rethink his position on gun laws knowing that these tragic events DO happen everywhere, including Wisconsin.

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