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. auditna

    Vote for Romney. He'll make sure we call have guns.

    October 21, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Penny Wright

    We really need more guns in America.

    Right, Republicans?

    October 21, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

      More people are killed by cars than by guns in the US .. do we need to ban cars? How 'bout cigarettes or alcohol?

      October 21, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Penny Wright

    There are 30,000 machine guns in Virginia alone.

    October 21, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shardik

      All licensed and regulated. Funny how well that works.

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

      There are 500,000 legaklly owned in the US. And tell me, how many of the legally registered machine guns were used in crime last year? I don't think you realize how hard it is to get an ATF license for a fully auto weapon.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. whatmeworry?

    "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."...... Now I get it....This shooter was part of a well regulated militia and therefore we had no right to "infringe" him.

    October 21, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bob

    Do you think this guy considered going to jail for life before doing this? It already is pretty much life in jail for this sort of thing – the punishment does not seem to deter. Death penalty does not deter. You are going to have to think a little bit more to come to a solution. I'll give you a few hints, though. First, quality early life education and banning corporal punishment would reduce this sort of thing. Second, because people will go nuts despite our best efforts we can never eliminate this sort of thing short of banning hand guns – which has been shown to work in dozens of countries around the world.

    October 21, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kieran

    It seems now there is a new mass shooting every month or two in America.

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

      People who still do their laundry in the river by the thousands, poisoning ALL aquatic life, don't get to comment on America. Fix your own damn problems, Rajeev.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jimcolyer

    America needs MITT ROMNEY & PAUL RYAN to restore some sense of stability to our society.

    October 21, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. DameDessa

    Another mass shooting in America.....shocking....(yawn)

    October 21, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. clayton

    We just had 4 women killed in an Orlando hair salon...domestic violence...restraining order was filed previous week. The only thing that will protect yourself from DV is a gun. Buy one, get a concealed carry and practice. Restraining orders are just feel-good worthless pieces of liberal paper justice!

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

      anodther ignorant gun numbnut

      October 21, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill

      You are right. People seem to have a false sense of security in this country. While the police will protect you, they aren't waiting around the corner. It takes minutes for them to arrive.

      In the event of a real mess the police may not even be around to help. Look at NOLA just after Katrina. It was chaos.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

      Very true .. having the court system tell someone to stay away from someone else is a waste of energy since there are laws in place that already tell people not to do bad things. Someone hell bent on harming someone will harm someone regardless of law or restraining orders.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill

      @paul – I forgot that only you are allowed to have an opinion. The rest of us are just stupid people right? You are NO different than the right wing nut jobs. Telling us all how we need to live OUR lives.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • vinny gonzalez

      buying a gun will not protect you if you like many of Americans don't have common sense, the most likely scenario is that you will be killed with your own gun.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stopthemadness

      or we could just ban assault weapons and stop idiots from getting guns

      October 21, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • tim

      Yeah, we'll make the streets like one big shoot-out! You gun people thing it would be as much fun as a game of 'Call of Duty!'

      October 21, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • linsey

      yeah ,listen to you,go buy guns, practice and shoot yourself because you are one of those who easily use your guns and kill someone when you become upset by anyone because you cant accept that ..kill because you have a gun..

      October 21, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • kindainformedvoter


      Please explain how taking steps to defend yourself is being a gun nut. Also, please explain how a law-abiding citizen with a legal concealed weapon would have made either of these situations worse.

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

      You are right Vinny. Buying a gun won't help you if you are afraid to use it. If you pull it out you better be able to pull the trigger. You have to train how to use it safely and practice regularly.

      I have a concealed carry permit but have yet take the gun anywhere but the range because I have not mastered it yet.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • paperjihad


      I wonder if this could be classified as an "honor killing"...a domineering male out to slay the woman who dissed him. Not to be insensitive to the victims, but it seems like if an Arab or Muslim kills his wife or daughter then it's "those evil Muslims", but if a white male murders his estranged wife or family then it's people show up to argue about gun control.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Real World

      I doubt your concealed weapon would have saved you from this guy!!!! There is no evidence that suggests carrying guns to protect yourself from other people carrying guns will actually PROTECT YOU! It just adds to the availability of guns.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • MSoFNY

      "Also, please explain how a law-abiding citizen with a legal concealed weapon would have made either of these situations worse."
      – What guarantee do you have that a Law abiding citizen under a lot of mental pressure wont snap and either shoot himself or decides to go out in a blaze of glory? If your logic is to be followed then it also means that every man, women and child should be armed and then we can all live in fear as to which one of the law abiding citizen is a ticking t i m e b o ooomb. This is a very dangerous logic if implemented. I cant understand no matter how I look at it why the NRA is so against any kind of regulation or control. They basically oppose even an assault weapons ban. Looking back you can easily tell which is the weapon of choice of mass murderers. Use your commonsense folks!

      October 21, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill

      @realworld. Where's your evidence that it doesn't? I can pull dozens of articles where crimes have been foiled be responsible gun owners. I can show you a few more where some idiot is dead because he tried to break into someones home. I can show more where a gun owner and/.or police are being sued by the dead guys family. Why does a criminal that walks into my house that attempts to steal my stuff, frightens/hurt/kill my family and winds up shot then become the victim? You liberals drive me crazy with your anti this and that rhetoric. You've given the criminals more rights than their victims and are happy about it.Anyone that breaks into a home should fear that a 12ga full of 00 buck, a high powered assault rifle, or a high caliber pistol is waiting on the other side yet most of you want to eliminate that fear because a few insane people go off the deep end.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      People armed with guns are as dangerous as the shooter or in most cases are unable to act. Case in point when the nut job in AZ tried to kill the Congress woman, there were over 7 people in the audience with concealed weapon permits
      and not one drew their pistol as they were busy with the rest of the unarmed citizens either hugging the ground or running for their life. The shooter was tackled by a brave personn. Even trained military has shown that about one out of ten riflemen are effective in a firefight. During the Vietnam war, the estimates were that it took 50,000 rods for each causualty inflicted on the enemy. These stats are pretty close even today in the gulf and Afghanistan war. Arming
      Citizens with guns were only result in more friendly fire casualties in addition to what the shooter does.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • permafrost

      why would anyone think they would be free from gun violence while getting their nails done on a Sunday ?

      what's next ? gun-free little league games and maternity wards ? sick.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ron

    How many time does it have to be said before people will finally see the light bulbs go off in thier head!!! GUNS DON'T KILL PEOPLE, PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE, Guns are just a tool like any other tool, ban guns and criminals will use knifes and clubs, criminals are the ones who have not evolved as fast as the rest of society, taking our guns so we cannot protect ourselves from these animals will not solve the problem. If thier were no guns, criminals would run rampent, because they know that thier is nothing to fear in the dark house, and they have knifes and clubs, try, just try for once to see what would happen if the public didn't have guns for protection!!!

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


      what. ever. just so happens, guns make it real easy to kill a lot of people in a hurry. we've all got that part figured out, believe me.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Guns make it easier and more efficient for people to kill people. In countries where guns are not readibly available such incidents are less than 1% than in the USA.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hebel

      Fact is the statistics are very clear. More gun control = less gun crime. There's a lightbulb!

      October 21, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      But, guns make it a lot easier.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike T

      Atomic Bombs don't kill people...people kill people. Doesn't mean that I want people walking around with nuclear devices in the backpack. Guns, like atomic bombs, may not kill people on their own, but they sure as hell make it easy to get rid of a lot of people in a hurry.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dee

      Ron I like your comment. Here's my comment if guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns. All the more reason to stand for the 2nd amendment.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • frank

      Bad argument. Nobody goes on a killing spree without a gun. I doubt anyone other than a Navy SEAL or someone with such specialized training could kill seven at a mall, or kill more than one or two people at a movie theater. Clearly guns don't make people crazy, but they sure do make it easier for the crazies to do more damage. This is something you simply can not deny.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheBob

      @Mike T: Nuclear devices don't fit in a backpack. Not unless the backpack weighs 400 lbs and is the size of a washing machine.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Pam

    In reply to TheBob: Because once in awhile women like to be pampered and they deserve to be so. I just recently had my nails done for the first time, age 68, with my daughter. It was a fun experience. But I am sure you were just kidding, right??

    October 21, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheBob

      Why do women feel they need to be "pampered" and men don't? You'll never find a nail salon for men. It's really not that difficult to use a pair of nail clippers.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Yes, it's all fun and games until somebody gets shot. Nail salons are completely unnecessary.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Shardik

    "Radcliffe Haughton, 45, of Brown Deer, Wisconsin. The shooting is being investigated as a possible domestic-related incident"

    So much for the earlier post trying to blame it on a "black female."

    October 21, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • lolwhy

      What? You do realize a domestic related issue is usually a fight or break up with a partner right?

      October 21, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • gatecrasher1

      No a black male actually

      October 21, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. warlord

    How there u bringing politics in this coments u republicans are sow in need of votes and why boder ur not goin 2 win

    October 21, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      If you're represent the average Democrat, I'm going Republican.

      For the love of god, stay in school.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Donna

    Another mass shooting....no, your'e kidding me.

    October 21, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bad Apple

    Please keep your racism to yourself. And good luck with that.

    October 21, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
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