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. fibsernum30

    What if we had a second amendment that said: "the people are guaranteed freedom from the threat of being shot to death while shopping, eating out, attending a movie, or otherwise pursuing life, liberty and happiness"?

    October 21, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jason

    You Americans are worse than Syrians when it comes to your guns!!!

    October 21, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      At least the Syrians have a real reason to be shooting each other.

      October 21, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. brian

    this is almost a weekly occurance

    October 21, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Maria

    Just another day in 'right to bear arms' America.

    October 21, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. eric

    Wow another black guy with a gun committing a crime, good job CNN, youve really hit the news gold mine...

    October 21, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Frank

    Bumps in the road.

    October 21, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. eric

    Wow another black guy with a gun committing a crime, good job CNN, youve really hit the news gold mine..

    October 21, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • gatecrasher1

      "Dog bites man"...yawn

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

      Black men make up just 6% of the population. It seems like they are on the news in relation to violent crime more than 6% though.

      October 21, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tired of murder

    So many killings each day, when will we evolve?

    October 21, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keepalowprofile

      We stopped evolving a long time ago. We are now in the 'dumbing down" faze.
      Best thing any one can do for themselves is buy guns and lots of ammo.

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

      We have 'evolved'. These seeds of this current evil began in the early 60's when we kicked the Bible to the curb in schools and replaced it with another religion, 'Secular Humanism'. Now that religion is being supplemented with a healthy dose moral relativism where every man and woman does what is right in their own eyes just like the Bible says would happen in the end times. We reap what we sew. Congratulations.

      October 21, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. suedatajo

    It was not appropriate to spill out the political hate when it has nothing to do with politics. Show your dignity by observing a moment of political silence and feel bad about the victims.

    October 21, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. hanghimhigh


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

    Yet another reason why you should always have a gun with you and it's a good idea to get a concealed carry license. Those victims were sitting ducks, defenseless.

    And may the shooter rot in Hell for eternity.

    October 21, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Al

      Just what we need, a bunch of poorly trained people firing guns in a chaotic situation.

      October 21, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jerry Pelletier

    I like it when a tragedy ends the right way!

    October 21, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. VancCanadian

    Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
    O'er the land of the arms-bearers and the home of the fear-mongers

    October 21, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • RLEmery

      Hey a Vanccannuck, who quacks like a duck.

      Whose girly girls wanted gun control in 1997..

      Yet their violent crime rate rose..to 3 times the land of the free

      The civilians were disarmed..

      The cannucks murder rate did not decrease..quack quack, quack quack

      The compliance rate never increased beyond half full..

      Tracing 47 firearms registration did, proving yes indeed they were stolen.

      All while such a record keeping scam, solved no violent crimes, how sad..

      Costing the cannuck subjects $2 bil dollars to keep govt employees employed..

      Yet so ineffective it was, they defunded the long gun portion in 2012.

      Quack, quack, quack quack said the cannuck from above with no clue to the facts, quack quack, quack quack

      Yet in the US, we all know a quack as to mean incompetent, quck quack, quack quack said the Vanccannuck

      October 21, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • VancCanadian

      Yes 🙂 terrible to be a Canuck. Darn, just one of 30,000,000 happy, healthy, middle-class, unarmed friendly polite people. Don't you have such awful neighbours? .... the poor violent paralyzed polarized united states of poverty.

      October 21, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. reg63

    I know three incidents is not a trend but in the last 3 days, black males, domestic incidents, gun use, multiple victims and then suicide. California, Florida and now Wisconsin....makes you stop and think a little.

    October 21, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. What!

    And if I have a brother he would look like Jonathan Holt, or James Holmes, or Wade Michael Page.

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