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. TheBob

    Nail salons should be banned. Why can't women learn to clip their own damn nails? It's not that hard, ladies.

    October 21, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • jb

      This was a SPA. Surely, even as a man I would hope you have had a manicure, pedicure and massage at some time in your life. If not, you are missing out.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. trent1280

    Another triumph for the NRA and its policy of "all guns, all the time".

    That policy, in place for 50 years, has made America the safest nation on earth. More guns! More guns!! It's the only possible answer.

    October 21, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Helen

    Jerry Cause. Finally a person who knows what they are talking about and is informed about things outside of the United States.

    October 21, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. William

    Jack – you've never been on a plane outside the country – the US is one of the most dangerous of civilized countries in the world – check the stats, yo!

    October 21, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Anonymous

    As a female, I was attacked by a male which could have ended in dire consequences and stopped him until the police arrived and arrested him. Before I was scared by guns but became open-minded and started learning firearm safety and the proper way to use them. Unfortunately...overly strict gun laws will make it harder for citizens to purchase guns to protect themselves while criminals will bypass the law/background checks...And it will be to our disadvantage.

    October 21, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. john

    Please!! Fast and the Furious was a failure so that Muslim in office has to find another way to get rid of our guns!! and yes his administration admitted to using F&F as a pretext to end the second amendment.

    October 21, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Anonymous

    As a female, I was attacked by a male and stopped him until the police arrived and arrested him. Before I was scared by guns but became open-minded and started learning firearm safety and the proper way to use them. Unfortunately...overly strict gun laws will make it harder for citizens to purchase guns to protect themselves while criminals will bypass the law/background checks...

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

      kudos to you!

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

    Thanks to the Law Enforcement that responded to the scene and the first responders as well. thankyou for trying to make us all safe. i pray for your safety everyday, godbless you all, prayers for the victim and there families!

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

      This was God's will. Nothing happens without His will.

      October 21, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

      We all appreciate the job they do no question, but God(s) has nothing to do with this. In fact since this is part of Gods plan it is actually blaphemous to pray at all since praying for a certain outcome is questioning Gods plan.

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

      So God wanted those seven people shot?

      October 21, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Minh Tran

      It is your god. My God has broad love who would not let down any one or hurt any one. You can take your god and put him away in your corner with your gun.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheBob

      @Minh Tran: Why did your god let this happen? Wisconsin is outside his little region? Or was he busy cooking fried rice?

      October 21, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. TheBob

    Ban all nail salons. It's time women learned how to clip their own damn nails.

    October 21, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. I want to know

    How come Paul Ryan hasn't made a statement about gun violence? Is this what he calls leadership?

    October 21, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Idiot comment. Politics do not belong in the comment section.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • linsey

      dont expect from Ryan n Romney, they dont care of the injured, what they care is to win.what leadership , they have no leadership...

      October 21, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bushney

    Blam blam 'til they fall

    October 21, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sandra

    Ban all guns. There is no need for any guns.

    October 21, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheBob

      Why do we need nail salons? Why can't you women learn to use nail clippers? They're not that complicated. Really.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • gunfun

      @sandra

      Guns, like any tool, are just an extension of a man. By itself it is inert and neither "good" nor "evil". It take a man, with evil intentions, to create this violence. The real problem here is societal. Americans have had guns since there was an America to talk about. But we now have some very serious societal problems that need to be addressed. Politicians and science isn't going to solve that problem.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jack8900

    yes i noticed that too. we had helicopter shots of some fire engines and police cars for half an hour with the same narrative over and over. what a waste of time.

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

    I know, Guns are good to a lot of people, but just so you know – Guns do kill people!

    October 21, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill

      Guns in the hands of people kill. Guns don't fire by themselves.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      Guns don't kill people, PEOPLE kill people.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • JustMe

      Using your limited train of thought it would actually be the bullets that kill people not the gun.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jack

    I am a 65 year old conservative, I have guns and rifles, most passed down from my Dad. My bother-in-law is a NRA fanatic that lives in the city and owns a number of assault weapons, plus guns and rifles, which I have no problem with, but when President Obama was elected, I watched him, like a number my other friends go out and purchase more rounds of ammunition and guns and assault weapons, while on unemployment, because the NRA said that President was going to take away his guns. Most of this people don't hunt, don't know how to raise and/or slaughter or kill and butcher their own meat. They don't understand why the use of these weapons are to be used with care.

    All they do is spout the NRA rehortic about their rights, never their responsibility. Yes, they have gun safety programs and I applaud them for that, like unions, they need to start truly policing themselves. Take all that lobbying and ad money and come up with a way to deal these people that go of these shooting spree's

    October 21, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • DMG2FUN

      "because the NRA said that President was going to take away his guns."
      NO racist putz prez bo wants to ban the right to bear arms. Leftist aka progressive gun control laws are all about baning a right.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
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