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. barfly

    this is my rifle, this is my gun, this ones for fighting , this one is for fun

    October 21, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Pablo Pena

    Ok, here's an interesting riddle, how many random deaths and shootings does it take for a gun nut to realize it would be better off if guns were illegal? Answer: Infinite!! Because you see, it will never happen to THEM in their minds. No, in their minds they're gonna be like Clint eastwood carrying a concealed weaopon EVERY WHERE they go AT ALL TIMES EVER ON THE READY. Nothing will ever suprise them. In countries where guns are strictly illegal they do not have even 1% of the death rate from violent crime then we do. The 2nd ammendment was crafted 200 odd years ago when a musket was the best piece of hardware around and mental health actually ok for most people.

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

    President will never be responsible for any individual's actions. Bottom line is Obama will win weather you like it or not! We def do not need another Pres. Bush and having innocent people dying overseas. It is better to have economy in crisis than people dying overseas. Vote for Obama if you want peace and vote for Mitt if you another war!

    October 21, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. patricia

    This government needs to grow a pair and take care of this issue. Unfortunately, they are in bed with the NRA so they turn a blind eye to all the massacres that continue to occur.

    October 21, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. rhscnative

    OK NRA – you are so smart about guns. We are starting to clock nearly one of these mass shootings a day now. What are you going to do about it?

    October 21, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. specvman1

    "President will never be responsible for any individual's actions. Bottom line is Obama will win weather you like it or not! We def do not need another Pres. Bush and having innocent people dying overseas. It is better to have economy in crisis than people dying overseas. Vote for Obama if you want peace and vote for Mitt if you another war!"

    October 21, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. disgustedvet

    Liberal hearts are breaking all over America over this tragic story,but it is NOT because innocents were shot. Figure it out.

    October 21, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. americanjoe

    NRA = American Taliban

    October 21, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rick

    It sounds like someone sits around waiting for news stories so he can spout racial hatred. Actually, it looks like lots of people do that.

    October 21, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. AJ

    Well according to Gov. Romney, he must come from a single parent home!! #debate2

    October 21, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. HoS

    Confirmed 3 dead and 4 injured, reported up to 12 injured.

    October 21, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. James Taylor

    WHat have such a great CHRISTIAN nation. Folks like this crazy dude or Christians like Bush and Cheney who invaded Iraq for not reason at all and with not ties to 911, OBL or had WMD and along the way killed over 200,000 innocent Iraqi babies, women and men? And over 20K of our wonderful and valiant blue collard GIs soldiers. I would say that is Crimes Against Humanity same as Hitler. So who wants to be Christians like that?

    October 21, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • exlonghorn

      What's the case-effect relationship between Christians and this incident, or with gun crime in general?

      October 21, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. MSoFNY

    Yes. Second amendment is important but look that price we are paying. Many mass murders are first time offenders and law abiding citizens before they snap and go on a rampage. They may not look very different from you ane me. Regular people with bills to pay with family to feed snapping under pressure of some sort or other. If you want to stop this madness then there needs to be 2 major reforms 1. Common Sense approach towards Gun control (including Psych evals by multpile docs) 2. Some Govt funded program for families to get counseling on how to deal with work, family and financial issues.

    October 21, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bryan

      He had a restraining order against him, so he could not legally possess a firearm

      October 21, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Frances

    This is neither the place nor the time to discuss gun politics. A tragedy has happened, so show some class.

    October 21, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jt_flyer

      That really depends which side of the argument you're on now doesn't it?

      October 21, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. infonomics

    The gun was overheard when it mumbled "I was just sitting there minding my own business when this idiot picked me up and starting pulling my trigger. It ain't right, it ain't right."

    October 21, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      No person has ever been shot without a gun

      October 21, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
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