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. 2/8

    A tragedy, but you know what? This was....well....expected. Americans shoot eachother like it's a national pastime, seriously. You guys need to grow up and quit the whole weekly multiple-homicide thing. It's almost as if you guys need to go out and kill someone if you're having a bad day, it's pathetic and absolutely ridiculous. Quit being afraid of your own shadow, and stop shooting one another. Seriously, grow up.

    October 21, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. LDR

    A few things I want to weigh in and say:

    1. If more guns made people safer, then America would be the safest country on Earth. Its not, its the opposite. Many areas of America are incredibly dangerous.

    2. You can have responsible gun ownership without having to have Assault style weapon and powerful handguns everywhere, and still be safe.

    3. Guns arent the full problem, they are a symptom of the problem. Someone can say that a deranged person can turn anything into a weapon. This is partly true. Using that concept, one can conclude that there is alot of violent crime i nthe USA, and its perputrated through guns.

    USA has some very deep, very troubling social issues that cause the violence. I think, if you can get those issues resolved, and have more harmony between everyone, then violent crime will go down, and with it, gun violence.

    October 21, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rufus T. Firefly

      Sane, sober, thoughtful, and appreciated. Thanks, LDR.

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

    would you rather be scared and not be able to defend your life, and helplessly call 911 while you're hiding or have a gun in your hand legally to defend your life, the people next to you and be hopefully able to go home to your family.

    October 21, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • jb

      I would prefer 911

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

      I prefer both. 911 could take 10 minutes to get an officer to your house. By that time you're dead or dying.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. William Wallace

    Perhaps we should implement some sort of preemptive police force like in the movie Minority Report to arrest people who are likely to go on shooting sprees. Send them to jail before they can act. We can stop terrorists before the act, why can't we stop people who show signs of committing mass murder.

    October 21, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Poltergleist

    If the lack of gun control keeps us safe, then why doesn't anyone ever have a gun when they need it?

    October 21, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. neo

    They need to control guns like they do here in Canada. In Canada its almost a rare to see a shoot up happening with 7 people down, when it does happen tho it's a once in a blue moon event.

    SOCIALISM is the KEY to a prosperous nation! I don't care what you think. Guns Kill People, and Guns are the root of it all. Take the guns away in the US and you will find PEACE amongst them. But nooooo Not one American wants Socialism in their state. So you know what, Don't complain when people start shooting up the place.

    And yes Canada is doing just fine WITHOUT THEM!

    October 21, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • William Wallace

      Canada has less crime, yes, but that has NOTHING to do with gun control. It has been statistically proven that crime rates are lower in areas with cold weather.

      October 21, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • William Wallace

      Besides I highly doubt you are Canadian.

      October 21, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jack

    I own 5 or 6 guns....I lost one I think in my garage somewhere. My guns are really nice. They haven't killed anyone or anything since my DAD gave them to me 30 years ago!

    October 21, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. MuckFohammad

    Sounds like yet another Occufail flipped out again.

    October 21, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gus

      hmmm...I wasn't aware that any of them ever flipped out. Or are you talking about the police and their pepper spray?

      October 21, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dave

    Another "well regulated militia" member no doubt, just like the rest of the NRA crowd. Good thing he had the right to keep and bear arms.

    October 21, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ~~~

    they start drinking early in wisconsin. sounds more like a drug thing though.

    October 21, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • ~~~

      even on sundays.

      October 21, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. stacie northern ky

    I dont think that banning guns would solve anything due to the fact they r all over the black market so ppl would still have them and the crime rate would go even higher due to the fact that killers and robbers would have guns to kill and the average person wouldnt.....could you imagine how many innocent lives would be lost due to criminals with guns knowing that we dont have guns but they do

    October 21, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debbie Williams


      October 21, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • jb

      an bullets

      October 21, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jack

    Guns are great and if anyone thinks the USA is dangerous please get on a plane and see how dangerous it is around the world. Living is a risk. Someone is always going to get the short end of the stick or feel they have been screwed and they will get you with a gun, bleach, boiling water, knives, shank, car, truck, bat, fists, poison, hammer, rock, tnt, gun powder, fire..............to name a few. I kill my animals with an ax when they get to old.

    October 21, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reality

      For example Canada, its so dangerous out there, right ?

      October 21, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jon

    The Second amendment isn't there so you can feel safe. It is there so that you can defend your liberty when needed.

    October 21, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dakotax

      Take a look around...liberties are evaporating before our eyes. Since we are comfortable for the time being many are not seeing it. It is like slowly boiling a lobster. "Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." We gave up many liberties for a "safer" fligh and it is just going to get worse..

      October 21, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. edvice

    You know we have the tuffest laws for murder .....yep death penalty or life in prison and guess what people still kill people so what law could u possibly pass to stop that?? There is no tougher sentence. And just so people can think a little blaming guns and and making light of the statement " people kill people" and think no "guns kill people" does liquor kill people in dui accidents?? Do we blame the SUV or the drunk who actually is responsible behind the wheel and don't say its not the same It Is!! It's a semi free society and sometimes we can't stop all the nuts if he didn't have a gun he would of found a way to hurt or harm, eliminating one tool doesn't solve this equation it just creates a seperate one.

    October 21, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • EdD

      I can think of less humane ways to carry out the penalty that would definately deter some.

      October 21, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. hcx

    Terror is terror folks. Geography makes no difference

    October 21, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
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