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. stan

    guy was found dead

    October 21, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Hugh Mann

    The result of a Republican administration

    October 21, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jon

    The gun violence and rate of gun violence in the US is not attributed to the freedom to own firearms whether semi-auto, automatic, and etc. Compare the statistics of gun violence before prohibition to when gangster culture emerged in the 1920s. Now compare gun violence rates before the War on Drugs began to the gun violence rate when the War on Drugs took full steam and created a group of drug dealing citizens who use guns to push their product. Also, no matter what people do to control guns, the guns will find a way around it just like every black market. There's more guns than people in the world and gun restrictions only restrict guns from reaching law abiding citizens. Every gun control advocate is an illogical idiot. I'm not even what people would call a "gun nut." I believe people have that right to defend themselves no matter WHO it is that wants to raid their property and hurt them. Whoever thinks another gun law added on top of the numerous laws already in place is going to cure gun violence is in all honest and respect an idiot who probably means well but is clearly soaking mercury into their pores.

    October 21, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • grafixer

      You said, " Every gun control advocate is an illogical idiot. " Frankly, that is an idiotic statement. Gun control is in effect NOW. If it were not, you would have automatic assault rifles going off whenever some nut gets their panties in a wad. There is no need for anyone to have a gun that fires more than 7 rounds. And, let's be real here... there's no need to make missile launchers or bazookas legal either. Those that want to hunt should be HUNTERS – not high tech killers that can't hit the broad side of a barn and need to be armed with 30+ rounds or automatic weapons. Those weapons are only designed for one purpose – to kill crowds of people. If you are THAT AFRAID... Leave. Go to Iran or Iraq or Afghanistan where you can have all the weapons you want. Otherwise, grow up. Be responsible. And realize that there are nuts in this country that are getting weapons that they don't even know how to use. You can't get a driver's license without a test. And, you have to renew it regularly. The same, or even more checks, should be put in place for owning a weapon. You sir... are the one making ignorant statements. By the way, I own a couple of firearms, and will defend the right to bear arms. GO FISH.

      October 21, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • grafixer

      What "numerous laws are in place to control gun violence". Please. Just name 3. JUST THREE!!!

      October 21, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ricky

    Don't know when we all will say- enough is enough. Do we have to have one dead person from gun violence in every family before we agree what is this culture doing to our society?

    October 21, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • bs1

      What culture are you speaking of, the criminal culture? The culture of the legal system that doesn't do it's job keeping convicted criminals off the street? I'd put good odds on the "suspect" in this case having a prior criminal record and thus being ineligable to own firearms under current law.

      October 21, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ted

    I think the NRA should be contacted for comment

    October 21, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • grafixer

      I hope that the local Congress reps are contacted – and asked their opinion on assault weapons and high capacity magazines. It may be that, with 7 victims, that this was a handgun with only 7 shots. At least there weren't more victims. Senseless violence like this needs to stop. We can't stop people from being ill, or disturbed... but we can limit how much damage they can do – by making large capacity magazines and assault weapons illegal. We can also curb SOME of it – by making it more difficult to get a weapon than it is to get a darn driver's license! CALL YOUR CONGRESS REPS! VOTE!

      October 21, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. gerard

    What compels you to say such things?

    October 21, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kelly51

    Gee whiz, what would you liberals have to say if the weapon was a machette or an ax? Would you still be blaming the NRA or would you blame the person that weilded the weapon?

    October 21, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • ts

      No but stronger controls on gun purchases would significantly reduce the amount of death being inflicted. Also, do you notice how many times someone goes on a machete or ax rampage?

      October 21, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. H

    What is our word coming to.

    October 21, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kelly51

      It's here it not coming, it's like right now.

      October 21, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Katie

    No, everyone in Brookfield is a Republican/Walker-supporter.

    October 21, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. grafixer

    Thankfully, it was a handgun – and not an assault rifle. With 7 victims, let's all hope this is not another case of 30+ shots being fired from a large capacity magazine. I will always protect the right to bear arms, and I do own a weapon. However, assault rifles and large magazines are designed for only one purpose – to kill crowds of people. They should not be legal. This has to stop! Write your Congress representative.

    October 21, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Step back for a moment and think about WHY The Founding Fathers, put the 2nd Amendment there. It wasn't just about hunting, or sport, or protection from criminals. But it was to insure that the people always had the ability to fight a corrupt government. If our President decides to use an Emergency to declare marshal law and take absolute authority... do you really think you are gonna be able to fight the goverment with a pistols and hunting rifles?

      October 21, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Flippity Flop

      Rationale thinking from a pro-gun individual. Imagine that.

      October 21, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Flippity Flop

      The founding fathers came up with this stuff 200 years ago. They had no clue we'd possess the most advanced military in the world. Bombs that can level entire cities, military bases that float on water, and air power.

      You think assault rifles suddenly make it possible? You want to make an argument for RPG's & tactical nukes, too? The likes of IED's in Iraq and Afghanistan can't inflict material casualties to get anywhere.

      October 21, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • D

      Every citizen should have a tank in their garage! The better to resist an oppressive government!

      October 21, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mauricio

      Right, the Founding Fathers wrote the second amendment because they wanted to make sure americans could fight a corrupt goverment....who told you that bedtime story? The most likely reason is because they were afraid their slaves were going to finaly decide to fight back, remember, even your beloved founding fathers had slaves, a fact you people conviniently decide to forget, slaves who had the same skin color of the man who now rules the country and many people with old school ways of thinking don't like that very much.

      October 21, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnD

      Someone doesn't know how to spell "rational". Imagine that.

      October 21, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnD

      Someone always brings the race card.

      October 21, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Al

    Guns do not kill people, but people with guns kill more people than people without guns.

    October 21, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sagebrush Shorty

    If this clown had a knife the liberals would blame the NKA.

    October 21, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. lee

    Start requiring 10 million dollar mandatory insurance on all firearms. Do this to cover hospital, death, and all other cr*p mor)ns with firearms cause. Require that all insurance must be paid out when a firearm is used in a crime or in an accident.

    October 21, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnD

      Keep trying to figure out ways to punish responsible gun owners and limit their rights. Criminals will certainly be compliant with such a requirement.

      October 21, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • lee

      most firearms used in crimes are purchased legally

      October 21, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnD

      Are the crimes committed by the legal owner?

      October 21, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnD

      Plus it would be really interesting to see the government trying to enforce such a requirement.

      October 21, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • lee

      it would be like any tax, have the IRS enforce it

      October 21, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnD

      How do you intend to find out who owns weapons? Guns are not registered.

      October 21, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • lee

      also, any weapon should be locked up. if you own a weapon it is your responsibility to make sure it is secured. if the weapon is stolen the insurance will still cover.

      October 21, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • lee

      yes, all weapons should be registered

      October 21, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • lee

      if you look at europe they have nowhere near the gun violence problem that we have.

      October 21, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnD

      It really does not matter what you think "should" be done, the fact remains there is no gun "registry" in the US.

      October 21, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • lee

      sure it matters, I and many others would support an effort top make the change

      October 21, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. vowelmovement

    pathetic and shameful is what you are

    October 21, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JC

    Sad but probably true.

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