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. Google

    I guess he's getting sick and tired from living off food stamps and welfare check. lol

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

    This appears to be a domestic related incident...... It's time for America to wake up and see what a major problem we have with domestic violence. We need to stop brushing this issue under the rug and focus on whats really happening here. Women & children are fleeing to shelters and sadly lives are being taken. Please, society lets pay attention and put a stop to this.

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

      Stop domestic violence – give justice for all – men, women and children alike !

      October 21, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ivotebasedbyskincoloronly

      I mean seriously how many black baby daddys can one women handle. How would stop this? You think this is stoppable? for the rest of eternity of life on earth people are gonna kill each other. thats the facts and they haven't changed since the great white baby jesus was hung on the cross.

      October 21, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. pseudosciencebuster

    Really" Was he heard to shout "Jesus is Great" before opening fire?

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

    The shooter is dead...

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

    I can't believe how all these liberals are bashing their own kind. This guy voted for your president. You liberals talk alot and dont do much work. I bet his EBT card was canceled last month and this was the only way he knew to get himself some popeyes chicken.

    October 21, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Woman

      you are why I will never vote Republican

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

      typical democrat... I dont really vote based by skin color that would be Racist. Only black people do that. Racist white people vote for white people and racist black people vote for black people. Now go take your iphone and shove it where the sun never shines. lol

      October 21, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • garypaul54

      How do you know he voted?

      October 21, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • IknowJoe

      why is everything about skin color to you. Why worry about the color of a man's skin? Why all the racist words and sarcastic remarks. If you are among the "elite" why does the black man offend you so. If he is less than a man, what is it that makes you hate him so much. What does he have that makes you so angry with him. What are you comparing on your body to his that doesn't match up? Again, why are you so angry and full of hate?

      October 21, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ivotebasedbyskincoloronly

      I think you read everything wrong although it does sound pretty darn racist. I dont vote for people based on skin color. Im making a point that alot of people do. That white racist people dont like the president because hes black. And black people don't even know who the heck joe biden is but tribes in africa are making statues of him. Its not about skin color either, its an immature example of how people sound when they say ban guns, ban black people. Its reeee-tarrded . for example dont hate mitt romney cuz hes white, theres plenty of examples this guy is no good. The same for obama, hes no good and a liar. There is no choices, your being controlled by the man. If I had to guess and make a racist assumption probably a very very rich jewish man and im not talking about white baby jesus.

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

    Has Mitt Romney blamed single mothers yet?

    October 21, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. SS

    Criminals don't follow gun laws, all restrictions do is make the rest of us fish in a barrel.

    October 21, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. HealthConnection

    Violence does not solve problems. It creates problems.

    October 21, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Donna

    Find him, and shoot him, done....maybe that's the example that needs to be set. Because basically the judicial system is either not working or social services is on holiday.

    October 21, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. any1

    happened on Scott Walker's watch

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

    Still guns don't kill peole! The bullets do think! Hogwash!!!

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

    With all of the other options available, such as a knife, broken beer bottle, baseball bat or poison, why would the guy use on of the same weapons used by our "well-regulated militia" to protect us from government tyranny?"

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

      He was under court order to surrender all weapons. No second amendment relevance here.

      Incidentally, he also came armed with an improvised explosive device.

      October 21, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Oudin

    From a true Norwegian...GFY troll. Not even remotely funny.

    October 21, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Stephanie

    He was found dead in a back room of the spa/salon. He shot himself between the eyes.

    October 21, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. dave

    Maybe you will all be happier when we have less gun violence and more bombs or ieds being detonated. BTW, anyone want to know how to build a propane tank based shrapnel filled ied?

    October 21, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • grafixer

      No. Why would anyone want to know that, and why do you offer it? You do realize that your address can easily be tracked through your post, right? What a dolt. How unAmerican. How ignorant. Let me guess... RIGHT WINGER??? Yep. Git in ur truck and go down to da local high school... and work on your GED. Dummy.

      October 21, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
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