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. lmc2

    Uncivilized idiot who can't work out his own problems so he shoots strangers who have nothing to do with his problem.

    October 21, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mike

    I'm guessing he was the only one there with a gun ?. Just saying........................................

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

      This ain't the wild west. You don't draw down on a dude pointing a gun at your head. Besides it's difficult to pack in a women' Health Spa.

      October 21, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jack

    First page and at least 1/3 are idiotic presidential political statements. These people are dead and their bodies are still warm. We complain about candidates using such things for their own political gain. We the people can be far far worse than they are.

    That said, my sincere condolences to the families of the victims.

    October 21, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. nancybrad

    Obamanation

    October 21, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jack

    To all you people commenting about the race of the shooter, would it help you sleep better at night if he were white?

    October 21, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. abmri60

    This country worships gun ownership.
    No wonder this stuff keeps happening....sad !

    October 21, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • pseudosciencebuster

      Houghton did not legally own any guns.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. kzar

    I just want to know was he christian and is he going to be labeled a christian terrorist

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

      Did he shout "Jesus is Great" before opening fire?

      October 21, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • kzar

      does not matter if he is any thing but white he will be labeled by the other race or by his religion

      October 21, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Real World

    Wisconsin's new motto:

    WISCONSIN: A great place for shooting practice.

    Apparently.

    October 21, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. AJE

    Well I blame the parents...should have taken the suggestion of Gov. Romney and had 2 parents in the home!! #debate2

    October 21, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lilith

      I know this guy and he grew up in a white middle class family with both parents & 5 siblings. He attends St. Josephs catholic church & attended christian grade school. Goes to show, you never know!

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

    The NRA MYTH that guns work as defensive weapons is only gradually getting eroded at a very expensive cost in innoecent lives.

    October 21, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • pseudosciencebuster

      How so? Do you believe a law would have stopped this man from doing violence? Or getting a gun? Or building an improvised explosive device?

      October 21, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lou629

      Just like the liberal myth that more gun control laws will solve the problem has already been eroded for decades, since laws only effect those who are inclined to be law abiding in the first place.

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

    The NRA MYTH that guns work as defensive weapons is only gradually getting eroded at a very expensive cost in innocent lives.

    October 21, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Datablade

      Guns work as a defensive weapon IF you have a gun when you need it.

      October 21, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ivotebasedbyskincoloronly

      so tony what about the Make shift bomb they are talking about. I dont think that is covered under the NRA. What do you got to say about that?

      October 21, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Go For Wakeshield

      The efficiacy of the right to bear arms argument only makes sense if the bearers are capable of exercising discretion. This country continues to prove that the temptation to use guns as "problem solving" tools outweighs peoples' ability to use comon sense.

      October 21, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Realist

      If you were in that spa, would you want to have personal protection or not? Criminals will always have guns, legally or not.

      October 21, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. 0rangeW3dge

    Why can't Paul Ryan's governance prevent White Supremacists from public mass murders in Wisconsin?

    October 21, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      The suspect is black...so relevance here is...?

      Three people have died.
      My condolences to their families and friends.

      October 21, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • ThomasJeff1776

      Another gun crazed NRA supporting assault weapon loving white supremicist......what? hang on folks......oh it was a black guy......[liberal gears changing mid rant...turn to page 34 of the play book folks]...the police are racist, this poor guy is the victim too of the white dominated society that doesn't give him a fair shot, schools and the rich not paying their fair share is to blame.

      October 21, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ivotebasedbyskincoloronly

    I bet this ratcliff guy voted for obama.

    October 21, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Send Them A Nuke

    CNN Headline: "Shooting at Wisconsin salon; 3 believed dead"

    No one is willing to take their pulse to confirm they are dead? If they are still talking, it is safe to assume they are not.

    October 21, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. divedog

    When will the government come save us form ourselves? Molan Labe

    October 21, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
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