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. Jake from Canada

    Well, this was obviously liberals run amok again, because Conservatives are NEVER responsible for any gun violence.....right?

    October 21, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • VancCanadian

      An sad endless stream of this from the south.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Liberals, by far, blame conservatives for these disasters. Yet, they refuse to accept fault if one of there own does this, or blame some outside reason for them doing this. Point being the left loves to blame the right in most cases, but the left is just as guilty, if not more often than they wish to accept. Who knows what this person was, right or left. You do know that MSNBC will immediately blame someone on the right even if a person on the left did this. Thank goodness it seems no one was too seriously hurt, at leas we all hope no one was hurt to bad.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chooch0253

      lmao.. sure,, getting shot is not a "serious" injury..

      October 21, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • ImTextingYouWhileDriving

      Lets make a deal, the law abiding conservatives can inherit all the gun violence. Buuuttt, all the liberals gotta get the other 98% of the things killing americans everyday. Like Mcdonalds and coca-cola. You probably own an iphone. You prolly got an app to tie your shoes.

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

      Good grief!!! This has nothing to do with politics. Society as a whole has degraded. The comments on this thread illustrate what's wrong with the us. No compassion, so much hatred. It makes me sick,

      October 21, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • PER2006

      Hey @VancCanadaian and any other opinionated Canadians from up North,
      People who live in glass houses...you know? I just heard about the gunman in Vancouver at the Fairmont Pacific Rim (where I will be staying in the next couple of weeks)...you all have some form of gun control I'm assuming based on your comments right? How's that working for you? You all suffer from the same societal ills so get off your holier-than-thou soap box and shut it!

      October 21, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • jessy

      Maybe it's that liberal types aren't responsible so conservatives have to do something in order to stay safe.

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

      Hey PER2006 yes we have some shootings but not mass shootings as you have on a regular basis. We do have gun control and it does not effect the hunters or anyone else who is a law abiding citizen. Assault Weapons are illegal and we are working effectively to get then off the streets. Assault weapons are only for killing and killing in masses. Check your facts and see how many murders we have in Canada per year and compared to the United States. The last shooting we had in the last couple of weeks was an American coming to the Canadian Border and shooting and injuring the Customs agent at the bridge and then shooting and killing himself. I guess that did not hit the news where you live. Most of the assault weapons coming in to our country come across from the States. Please keep them down there as you are so attached to them.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      How do you know what there political views are? You don't know JACK.

      October 21, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • RLEmery

      England has the same kind of idiot gun control as Canada does.

      England began keeping crime data in 1898.

      In 1898 England had a 1.0 murder rate per 100k people and no gun control.

      In 2010 England had a 1.3 murder rate per 100k people and strict gun control.

      Funny how their murder rate has always been low.

      Funny how their implementing strict gun control didnt reduce the murder rate, much less their violent crime rate that in 1997 went from 820 per 100k people to 1,977 per 100k people in 2010.

      Funny how that is exactly the same scenario and result as in Canda and any other strict gun control country and the world, and your own govt. crime databases prove it.

      Your murder rate has always been low.

      Yet people using the anti gun extremists idiots guide in abuse of statistics guide 101 use a one point data source as if it is a true representation when it is nothing more than a bold faced lie.

      Get a clue.

      October 21, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ryan

    another day...another mass shooting in America. Take a bow, NRA.

    October 21, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      What does this have to do with the NRA?

      October 21, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shardik

      They're the organization 100% against any gun restrictions. Next question.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chooch0253

      For starters, millions of dollars to lobbyists.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick


      Since you seem to know all the facts, perhaps you can fill us in on the specific gun regulations that would have prevented this from happening.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reasonable Person

      Another anti-rights not heard from.

      Another nut who wants to blame the NRA for the criminal acts of non-NRA members who are already banned from legally possessing guns.

      Nah... We'll keep our guns, and you can ESAD.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jt_flyer

      The NRA can crush any politician like a tin can. They're invincible. The American people stand little chance.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • SoapBox

      Instead of condemning Guns and the NRA, why doesn't anyone wait til the facts come out before passing judgement ? Any shooting of this type is horrendous and saddening to say the least.
      Obviously the system failed. The person that did this probably had serious psychological issues. And yes, shouldn't even have a BB gun.
      Many years ago people that had "issues" like this were reported and prevented from own any kind of weapon through programs that are probably non-exsistent now.
      Instead its just easier to scapegoat someone...

      October 21, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • pseudosciencebuster

      NRA has nothing to do with this. The shooter was under court order to surrender all firearms to police. So he was not legally in possession of this weapon.

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

    Well its been about a month since the last mass shooting. I guess we were due for another one? Crazy people and guns. Two things we have a lot of in this country.

    October 21, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mike

    This is Paul Ryan's state. Paul Ryan supports guns for everyone.

    October 21, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • MontanaTrace

      Ironic to your moronic statement, if everyone had a gun, the shooter would likely be in the morgue or maybe would have had second thoughts.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Yeah let's draw politics into it you piece of garbage. Never let a good crisis go to waste? Right?

      October 21, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. TODAY

    and you are gun nut

    October 21, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill

      Better to be a gun nut and be able to defend yourself than a helpless victim at the mercy of an intruder.

      October 21, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. AKA

    Has Paul Ryan declared this a terrorist act? What's taking him so long to respond?

    October 21, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shardik

      Lose lost situation for him. He can't condone it or be seen a nut but he can't condemn it or the nuts won't vote for him.

      October 21, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1stAmen

      Brilliant. When will Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan stop these daily acts of terrorism?

      October 21, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • pseudosciencebuster

      Why? Did the shooter shout "allahu ackbar"?

      October 21, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bob

    America guns and nutheads.

    October 21, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • patricia

      You got that right !

      October 21, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Anders Behring Breivik (King of the Island)

    Greetings from Oslo! What...no fatalities? Some bad shooting going on in the United States of Arms!

    October 21, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chooch0253

      Kind of wasting your time with that screen name. No gun nut will be able to connect the dots.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sagebrush Shorty

      King of Fantasy Island that is.

      October 21, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. CBGB

    Tragedy, but the fact that some morons still try to put the NRA on blast is ridiculous. There are shootings every single hour, the media just puts the biggest ones up and blows them out of proportion. This is how life works, and how its worked for millions of years. People and animals kill each other, our morals are different, but it is the basis of life. Get over yourself. Even if you could have guns banned, do you think that is going to get rid of murders? Half of these killings are committed with stolen guns. Also, these people have literally nothing to lose, so obviously you telling them that they can't have guns will do nothing, they will find a way to get them.

    October 21, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • keith

      Keep grasping at straw man arguments.

      October 21, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • aNxello

      Woah your argument is disgusting, you're saying our nature is to kill leach other, well not me, maybe you, but not everyone. Why do people blame the NRA? Because they are in charge of gun regulation, and you say the media only shows the biggest shootings? How does that make it better? I think the lack of gun regulation is responsible for many of these shootings, including the small ones you mention.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shardik

      "There are shootings every single hour, the media just puts the biggest ones up and blows them out of proportion. "

      So 7 people shot isn't news in your world?

      "This is how life works, and how its worked for millions of years. "

      We've had mass shootings for millions of years?

      "People and animals kill each other, our morals are different, but it is the basis of life."

      So we shouldn't have laws or be concerned when the laws are broken?

      "Even if you could have guns banned, do you think that is going to get rid of murders? "

      Strawman argument. Speed limits don't "get rid of speeding" but we need them anyway.

      "Half of these killings are committed with stolen guns. "

      So the other half are...?

      "Also, these people have literally nothing to lose, so obviously you telling them that they can't have guns will do nothing, they will find a way to get them."

      Blanket assumption. You don't even know who "those people" are but you feel comfortable pretending about them.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wes

      Keith, care to elaborate?

      October 21, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chooch0253

      and why are there shootings every hour as you claim? Could it be because there are too many guns in the hands of people that should never be able to get their hands on. Could it be that because the NRA spends millions of dollars in lobbying every year to make sure the gun manufacturers can producing them? This isn't about the second amendment. Never was. It is about money.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • ImTextingYouWhileDriving

      when god brings a tornado to town we should ban all religions. this is the only way to survive. We must ban people that ban things too that way it'll come around full circle. While we're banning stuff too since you people like laws on top of laws and like living in prison then lets ban the ocean because salt water does not taste very good. And while we're at it let ban boats because people fall off them and sharks eat them. and while we're at it.. lets BAN SHARKS and lets ban the world series because I heard some guy last week couldnt steal a gun so he beat the heck out of a guy with a bat. Like wow. Now go enjoy your sunday footbal before it gets banned by someone like you

      October 21, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • CBGB

      Lol it amuses me how insane half of you are. Get a grip and accept reality. People die every day. This is a complete tragedy and I am sorry for any families that lost loved ones in this, and any other incident. However, all I am stating is that it doesn't surprise me and it shouldn't surprise anyone. Our morals teach us that killing innocent people is wrong, and killing in general for that matter, and it is. However, to go around believing that it will not happen if you "Ban guns" is ridiculous.

      As for the comment about my statement saying that this has been happening for years. yes it has, and before guns it was swords, and before swords it was stones, and before stones it was bare hands. there have been plenty of mass killings (if you count 7 as mass) since the dawn of man.

      October 21, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • pseudosciencebuster

      In fact, the shooter was not legally in possession of his firearm. He had been prohibited from having guns by court order. so much for the efficacy of laws in keeping a determined felon from killing.

      October 21, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Melissa

    That didn't take long. When was the last shooting?

    October 21, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1stAmen

      Yesterday. Shooter in Inglewood CA shoots family of six–four year old and father shot dead, 6 and 7 year olds, and mother in critical condition. Shooter described as "weird and dangerous" by neighbors. Why give him a lethal weapon, a gun, America?
      This family has no liberty or freedom now.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mike

    Of course not. Jesus owned many guns himself and he wanted all his followers to own guns too.

    October 21, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • William Wallace

      The ignorance is strong in you Mike.

      October 21, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mitt Romney

      Did they even have guns back then?

      October 21, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • gatecrasher1

      Jesus was a charter member of the NRA (Nazareth Rifle Association) and used to shoot empty wine jugs with Peter and Paul.

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

      Jesus was a member of the NRA. He owned several assault rifles.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • ogre12

      you have no idea about Christ. You are a liar and a fool. No replies needed from you or any of your fellow liars/fools.

      October 21, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kelly51

      Nope, he made man intelligent enough to create guns to hunt with and it caught on real well. I guess it beat the heck out of throwing rocks like you liberals do, huh?

      October 21, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • gatecrasher1

      He was a charter member of the NRA (Nazareth Rifle Association) and used to shoot at empty wine jugs with Peter and Paul on the weekends.

      October 21, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gospel

      No guns then. But Jesus told his disciples to take swords with them for protection. Luke 22:36.

      If Jesus had lived in the present era, he might have said guns.

      October 21, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. nina

    hopefully the victims are okay!!! let us see what & why this happened.
    On those repubs who are trying to steer this to politics.....just look up Solemere Captial and the romney involvement and how it isn't really gonna matter who you vote for....the election is gonna be rigged by voting machines bought by the romneys.....look it up yourself......Solemere Captial owned by the Romneys bought voting machines to be used in the 2012 election through Bain Capital!!!! don't know why the major networks are not doing their job and investigating

    October 21, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Shardik

    "here comes the anti gun nuts... "

    Complain much about imaginary things?

    October 21, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      So, then you must be imaginary?

      October 21, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. AKA

    Where is Paul Ryan in our hour of need? Is this what he calls leadership?

    October 21, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Neeq

    That's my area and it's a really nice upper class neighborhood....Dear people who are anti-guns...newsflash, majority of gun owners are law abiding...If you legally got rid of guns, people who shouldn't have them would still get them....Common sense people...

    October 21, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake Asher

      Majority of crazy lunatics that go into shooting sprees are "law abiding citizens" as well.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • annie

      Yep, they are law-abiding up until the point that they decide to go shoot innocent people.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • annie

      Interestingly, fox news has this buried–it isn't a part of their "breaking news." They clearly don't want to draw attention to this –it gets harder and harder to defend those that think they have a right to bear arms even if they aren't part of a well-regulated militia (the State Guard).

      October 21, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • NS84

      well, as least it would deminish the possibility that your neighbor migh have a bad day tomorrow, grab his shotgun, walk into your house and blow you away. And you would think that for the possibility of hindering such a tragic incident, banning personal firearms would be worth it.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • OHNONO

      Bad economic, that all we can blame.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Annoyed

      Way to jump on this tragedy as a platform to promote your misguided views. Enough already. We are a supposedly civilized nation where people love their guns and as soon as their is a shooting people feel the need to defend themselves. Maybe if you're having trouble sleeping at night you should reconsider your position instead of preemptively getting on the defensive. It's common sense.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      No, it's not just common sense. Where do you think the guns people buy illegally come from? They're not manufactured illegally. They make their way to the black market afterwords. I have known many of the so-called good gun owners who had their houses broken into and many guns stolen. Now you can bet that all of those guns are being used for criminal purposes. So common sense tells me that the more guns there are period, the more guns there will be on the black market. You are suggesting that common sense tells us to get involved in an arms race with criminals. That cannot be the answer.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • pseudosciencebuster

      ant-gun laws would not have stopped this. The shooter was illegally in possession of the gun, by court order.

      October 21, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
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