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. The_TWIST

    It is just another example of growing christian terrorism in this country.

    October 21, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Christian terrorism? no, domestic violence. Neither one s good, but let's be accurate

      October 21, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • randomcnn

      I highly doubt this shooter, or any shooter, or even most suiciders, are religious at all.

      If anything they would probably be muslim.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mitch

    Quick, everyone go buy a gun to protect yourself!!!!!!

    October 21, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ram

    Why so many shootings just around elections ..?

    October 21, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Roger

    Another mass shooting brought to you by the proud folks at the NRA.

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

      This is precisely what I was talking about Roger, irredeemably vapid.

      October 22, 2012 at 5:47 am | Report abuse |
  5. Turb

    Yes just another shooting that a certain party will put a spin on rather than work at drafting better gun control laws. 7 more victims and all we gonna hear is that is why more people must be allowed to have a weapon to protect themselves. Yup if you can beat em, join em, that will solve the problem.....GISH...Congress is really just a bunch of power hungry kids...SAD...And we the citizen are paying for their stupidity with our lives now........

    October 21, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. zandhcats

    Your post reflected your own character, most animals are smarter than you are.

    October 21, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jessy

    Domestic-related means someone that doesn't know how to keep their anger under control.

    October 21, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ec

    You know I think some people are talking about the wrong thing here. There have been seven people shot. And a killer on the loose. I think we should be talking more about how sorry we are that this happend. And have compassion for the tamlies of these victims...
    Another thing we cannot blame the presdient for this... He has nothing to do with this. My prayers go out to the victims and the familes that have lost their loved ones or have been injured badly. God Be With You.

    October 21, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. frank

    This is a tragedy. But since it happened in his state, I have $100 that says Paul Ryan will try to capitalize on this within the next three days.

    October 21, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. randomcnn

    Actually, shooting is more of a conservative act.

    Population control, restriction of rights (options), and having your liberties taken away from you.

    October 21, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jessy

    They won't admit it but you are correct.

    October 21, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Person

    A shooting in America! Who would have guessed! Hmmmm gun-nuts always say that guns protect us. Then why is it in a country where anyone in any state can own a gun stuff like this happens?

    October 21, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. dasea

    Obama uses drones not guns. And He goes after camel jockeys

    October 21, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. disanitnodiscoas

    Motive for the shooting: his wife was campaigning for Romney.

    October 21, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. howdy duty

    Liberals arm yourself. The NRA is going to get You. I heard the other day the FAA bought two hundred thousand bullets! Don't you think somehow Sadam was behind all this along with NATO? Stockpile that food!!! Romney is a muslim and Obama a mormon. Mon Dieu , What's next!

    October 21, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
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