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. anony

    See? This is why guns need to be banned forever in America. Things like the Colorado shootings, the Sikh massacre, Virginia Tech, and now this would NEVER happen. I'm sorry but guns have no purpose whatsoever on Earth. TRUST me...

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

      No, you're wrong. Trust me

      October 21, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vespy

      noposter – anony was being sarcastic.

      October 21, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob Ryan

      Are you serious? You really thing banning weapons in America is going to solve anything? CRIMINALS and FELONS will always have access to weapons. Same goes for illegal drugs, but you still see them all over America now don't you.

      October 21, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. notaposter

    I find it laughable how some people realize that the war on drugs (banning drugs) isn't working and yet they support wholeheartedly the war on guns (banning guns). I mean, Really?

    October 21, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rufus T. Firefly

      Many of these people are basing their opinions on information, not hypotheticals. Northern European countries are good examples – strict gun laws, progressive drug policy, low violent crime rates. Look into it.

      October 21, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • James Romney

      Yep guns don't kill people. people do.
      So once we get rid of all people, a million years of peace shall reign !

      October 21, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mike Diana

    It was Ted Nugent

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

      And I was going to vote the Nugent/Snooki ticket.

      October 21, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Helen

    How many people have to die before Americans realize that assault weapons should be banned. There were no assault weapons when the right to bare arms was put in place. You can't blame this totally on mental health. You can talk about parents doing a better job but when you have a household that is VERY pro guns of any-kind then it is no wonder that you have all the mass killings. Just in the last few days there was an American that shot one of our Customs Officers and then killed himself at the Canadian – American border crossing. Not reported on CNN.

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

      We should be like England, a nanny state where you go to prison for carrying a pocket knife and the pubs serve beer in shatter proof sippy cups so you can't break them and use shards of glass as weapons.

      October 22, 2012 at 5:30 am | Report abuse |
  5. Katie

    Full story??? Hardly...

    October 21, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Chris

    I am from this area, and let me tell you that this is an affluent, mostly-white neighborhood. Also, the newest reports are that this was a husband of one of the salon sytlists, not just a random shooting.

    October 21, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheBob

      Sounds like a love triangle in the burbs.

      October 21, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Singularity

    This is why I have my conceal and carry. I always carry my gun with me, I will never be caught off guard. I will never be a victim of a senseless killer.

    October 21, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vespy

      Sounds like someone practices Unagi. Ross Geller is that you?

      October 21, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rufus T. Firefly

      And you'll always be well prepared to commit a violent crime of passion or an accidental shooting...

      October 21, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • jenner

      good for you! let the law obiding citizens carry conceal and there will be no mass shooting. my views were different before, but now if i can i would. a gun society is a polite society as they say. maybe if someone was carrying a firearm, there would have been less victim and suspect would have been shot as well. Or maybe it would have never happened cause suspect knows that someone next to him or her will shoot back.

      October 21, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • zd

      Even when you're in your underwear in the tanning bed?

      October 21, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Concealed in NC

      I have my concealed carry, too but don't let that give you a false sense of security. Your hand gun is no match for a fully automatic weapon. Worst yet, you're just as likely to shoot and kill an innocent bystander as you are the attacker. The instructor in my concealed carry class taught us that well-trained police officers only hit their targets 15% of the time when they're in a stressful situation. What do you think those stats drop to for the average citizen with a conceal carry permit?

      October 21, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. LR

    The NRA is too strong; unfortunately, this is the way it will be in America from now on. It is an embarrassment, but.....

    October 21, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Redneck Joe

    If god didn't want people to have guns Jesus wouldn't have had a shotgun rack in his pickup truck.

    October 21, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sagebrush Shorty

      How is that pronounced, Hayzeus?

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

      It's pronounced Jay-zas. Never heard the LORD'S name before?

      October 21, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sagebrush Shorty

    Blame the gun and not the shooter. Typical Liberal garbage.

    October 21, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • lisa

      blame both. he would never have been able to pull that off without a gun.

      October 21, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • JCDavis

      How about we blame all the right wing nuts that have turned this country into a shooting arcade.

      October 21, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rahul

      If there was no gun, there'd be no shooter. Or atleast, far less of them.

      October 21, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name s kel

      Its the right wing nut shooter with the gun, typical stupid republican.

      October 21, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob, NY

      Lord, let us pray ....please let it be conservative evangelicals that got shot!

      October 21, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • it's not one or another....

      It doesn't have to be one or the other.
      Both could be concurrent and but for cause.

      October 21, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JustMe

    A highway shooter in Michigan, a shooter at a spa in Wisconsin, I tell you if you get a right-wing Christian fanatic in the north they will be like a fish out of water. They just get confused, can't figure out which way is up and start shooting the place to Hell.

    October 21, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dark Poet

      I guess your a right winger when you vote for Obama.. news to me... I guess Romney fans are left wing to you?

      October 21, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. angeson

    Paul Ryan really flipped out this time. Unbalanced people should not be allowed to run for office.

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

    Yes...guns dont kill people.. really?
    Its like alcohol does not make people tipsy.
    Guns are the last thing this country needs i this economic mess.

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

      inanimate substances and yes objects require animation of some sort to make them volatile and/or active. simple law of physics tells us this to be true.

      Alcohol in a bottle or can pose no risk until it is consumed
      A gun sitting in a locked and unloaded capacity poses no risk until it is loaded and wielded

      Any object can be used as a means to an end or a desired outcome by the user, whom is always a human being. It just so happens that guns make cowards and the unstable braver.

      October 21, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. robert

    Thanks NRA!

    October 21, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. David Orban

    The NRA's non-stop "defense" of the 2nd Amendment is nothing more than a lobby for manufacturers, so they can continue to sell guns, unrestricted and unfettered... Now guns are, of course, "durable" goods, and thus seldom need replacement. So you can't really make an argument that they need to be "replenished." Hence, the 2nd Amendment defense.

    This, of course, has kept a steady flow of guns into the marketplace, making it ever-easier for "bad guys" to have them.

    It's pretty simple.

    And yeah, I'm a registered gun owner.

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