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. Iron

    Awww Alex&Azhane69, I know I know, the truth hurts!

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

    Awesome! This is a huge victory for us NRA and Tea Party Patriots.

    October 21, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ivotebasedbyskincoloronly

    instead of gun control we need black people control. Thank god this guy was black otherwise he'd have an ak47 or some other form of legal high powered assault rifle.

    October 21, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Particleman

    "If you're gonna rob the place, rob the place".

    Why on earth would you get snippy on someone with a gun? It's not the movies.

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

    how many shootings will it take until we put an end to this madness? Support the Brady Campaign to end gun violence.

    October 21, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • pseudosciencebuster

      The shooter was already under court order to turn in all weapons to police, so laws would not have prevented him from acquiring a weapon.

      October 21, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Real World

    This is why Obama and the Democrats want stricter gun laws so that only trained professionals that have a valid reason to carry them are allowed instea of thugs and nutjobs that go off the handle. A restraining order is not enough in a state where almost anyone can carry a gun legally now. Nutjobs that have been ordered to give up their guns should have a heck of a lot more surveillance. This is an example of our criminal justice system breakdown. Why don't the presidential candidates discuss more issues like these right here at home rather than foreign policy? Violent crime and poverty right here at home is what we should be most concerned with. And NEWS flash, Republicans do not care about these things. They would rather let people kill eachother and see our communities deteriorate and point the blame on Obama rather than actually offer and take action on SOLUTIONS. This country angers me....Republicans should all move to Texas where they can shoot eachother and live in their air-head pathetic fantasy world.

    October 21, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ivotebasedbyskincoloronly

      you should move to texas and try all that whining on the corner somewhere.

      October 21, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Charlie

    <<Praying for the victims and their families.

    October 21, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Michael

    Why ancient Rome disappeared ? Reasons:

    1. Decline in Morals and Values
    2. Public Health on the lowest
    3. Mental Health in the highest, fear on its peak
    4. Political Corruption on the highest
    5.Unemployment on the high
    6. Inflation on the rise
    7.Urban decay on the rise
    8. Military Spending on the highest.

    Sounds familiar ?

    October 21, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • popcorn

      YEs... looks just like USA... Focus sports and forget about TAXES.

      October 21, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • shawn l

      Don't forget, christianity became the state religion.

      October 21, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tru

      Truly sounds familiar. Very familiar to America in the early 20th century.

      October 21, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • acheptler

      Rome collapsed soon after the Christians took over.

      October 21, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Cleary

      Thanks for that Michael. I was just sitting here, thinking to myself, "gee, I wonder why Rome disappeared?" and lo-and-behold, I stumbled upon your enlightening post. What are the odds?

      October 21, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Canukman

    Most of the pro and anti gun arguments and urgings here are moot. With 370 million guns already in circulation in the US, it is WAY TOO LATE to talk about gun control. If no more guns were ever sold, all your generations alive now and at least your next four new generations must deal with them. I wish I could offer a solution but I cannot think of one.

    October 21, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerry

      Identify the people who are crazy and help them before they go out and kill people. Just owning a gun doesn't make you kill, it's being crazy and that's a very small minority of Americans. This is one person killing people out of the 300+ million in the country.

      October 21, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Libacryte

      If guns are responsible, then how in the world does ANYONE make it out of a gun show alive??????

      October 21, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ib42

    The level of most comments here prove the free fall in American mentality and intelligence.

    October 21, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ignorant American

      Intelligence is a very strong term. Unfortunately it doesn't apply to a vast majority of uneducated Americans!

      October 21, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. lee

    Start requiring mandatory insurance on all weapons. 10 million dollar minimum insurance policy on every firearm.

    October 21, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerry


      October 21, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Katie

      Oh I like that idea. Own all the guns you want, but if you intend to use them, you need insurance.

      October 21, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Libacryte

      My guns have killed less people than Ted Kennedy – perhaps we should start requiring 10 million in insurance on all car owners, and 100 million on all Kennedys???

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

      So...........? So, that the family can use their insurance payout to buy back the person that was killed? Besides, criminals and crazy people aren't likely to care if they have insurance. That's the same group of people driving around without auto insurance.

      October 21, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rose

      Screw the insurance. If everyone here carried a gun, anyone would think twice about using it, knowing they would be shot in a heart beat from everyone else around them.. He would have never had the chance to shot 7 people.

      October 21, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • groo

      No insurance company would ever pay out a settlement for a firearm they insured being used in a crime. The thought is just plain silly.

      October 21, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • lee

      do insurance companies pay when someone steals your car? Or whn you are hit by someone that is committing a crime? there is a way to do this and make it prohibitory expensive for idiots

      October 21, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jerry

    As President Obama said, there's little we can do about crazy people. It's not guns to be blamed –it's the people who have slipped through the cracks of our society due to poor upbringings, lack of healthcare, etc.

    October 21, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Katie

      And while guns don't shoot people, neither do they keep people safe. Only people do either act.

      October 21, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Woman

      Most of the time it is due to testosterone.

      October 21, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Google

      Yes, Jerry! That's what Obama said and that's why they call him Oblammer. 🙂

      October 21, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • pseudosciencebuster

      The shooter had health insurance. But he was under a previous court order to turn in all weapons to police, so more anti-gun laws would likely not have been effective.

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

      Listen up, Jerry. It would be hard for a lot of killings to happen without a gun, and yes, people are the ones who shoot them. Therefore, without guns, no one could shoot them. Get it, Buddy?

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

    @James Taylor, Please don't use this excuse to blame on Christians. You can blame on it Bush, Chenney or the NRA because they want to see more guns and are associated as well as funded by the organization. Hate crime, prejudice, and murder should not being blame on a race no matter who the shooter is. Each person IS RESPONSIBLE for their crime and actions. We must unite and not let such tragedies to isolate us apart. God is love, Jesus Christ came to the world to give his life and die for us, he WHO BELIEVE IN JESUS HAS eternal life. Although there are hypocrites Christians, most are genuine and God loving individuals who don't call for attentions but ALWAYS DIVERTING THE GLORY & PRAISE TO JESUS CHRIST.

    October 21, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Kelly51

    Do you notice the timeline with the president finding out about this event at 1:30pm? Is CNN trying to cover his buttock this time? I guess that will be one less vote at any rate.

    October 21, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ivotebasedbyskincoloronly

      so every time cnn puts somehting on the news, the president or hilary clinton should get involved? Isn't this causing people to want there 15mins of fame well knowingly its gonna be televised on every major news station. Maybe the president should get involved every time a teenager kills a family texting while driving. We have real flipping issues and this is just unfortunate but a typical life tragedy that happens everyday.

      October 21, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Repeal the 2nd Ammendment

    Get these guns off the streets!!!

    October 21, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
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