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. george

    Some how Fox News will find a way to blame the President for this tragedy.

    October 21, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • sasha

      what I do see George, is that you found a way to blame Fox News.

      October 21, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. sam

    America, still fooled by NRA? And politicians who don't have guts to stand up to them?

    October 21, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      Blame who ???
      Last time I checked murder was illegal....if only people would obey that law...

      Of course if you make a law making guns illegal they WILL obey that one...right?

      October 21, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. God

    Without this killings,the world will be crowded and no food for everyone.This is the Narutal Order

    October 21, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. david

    Number of Murders, United States, 2009: 15,241

    Number of Murders by Firearms, US, 2009: 9,146. Three years on same old story.. nutters allowed to carry guns will use them.

    October 21, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Andrew

    Not to sound "greater than thou" but as a Canadian, when I hear of these shootings, I feel bad for our neighbors to the south. We have gun laws here...no assault weapons and handguns are only used at firing ranges. I know alot of people and none of them have handguns...some may call it a "right" but I have no problem giving up a little freedom in exchange for piece of mind.

    October 21, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ROMNEY2012

    Welcome to Obama's American, where innocents are gunned down because they can't arm themselves.

    October 21, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. tah

    Unfortunately, men become violent when they are afraid. This is sad and tragic and I think we men should take some responsibility for this phenomenon. Not that we are guilty. No, the selfish, angry, frightened, deluded perpetrator is completely guilty. But here is an interesting question: How can we change the culture – even in small ways – to allow men to express their vulnerable feelings in more appropriate ways? I realize it is a rather large problem, but it must eventually be fixed. We can all help humanity evolve by promulgating at least the conscious thought that uncomfortable emotions experienced by males – fear, hurt, embarrassment, shame, loss of power, etc. – should be processed in less hurtful ways than hitting or shouting or challenging someone to a fight or arming or shooting or raping or beating or going to war. Just a thought....

    October 21, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. soshaljustic

    A throw away society is what has caused all of the domestic violence.

    Women are tired of the double standard of men fooling around and leave.
    Men are being kicked to the curb by women fooling around.

    Women leave without killing when he fools around. The women survive.
    Men kill when she fools around, because he considers her as "his" or his ego is too bruised to survive the loss and pain!

    Parents and society have not raised men to cry-we have raised men to react violently to pain or theft of material goods!

    When he or she is leaving and feels guilty they will also lie about the spouse being abusive-file a tro! Nothing could be more dangerous. This situation creates and sets up the self-fulfilling prophecy for the other to fit into! Being immediately alleged as a blamed party, refused entrance to the homestead, access to children and joint-owned goods and services is damning and horribly abusive in its own right, inclusive of the full and complete stranding without finding of fact is indicative of wrongdoing, should result in immediate court ordered injunctive relief to the defendant spouse for legal representation and immediate psychological relief and consultation paid for by the spouse that is doing the filing. If the laws change on a national level to demand the states provide injunctive relief for spouses that are in the position of becoming a stranded spouse in a divorce filing, there may finally be a reduction of these types of occurrences! It is unfortunate to legislate this type of mediation that should occur between spouses before termination of civil unions or marriage, but when these situations erupt outside the couple and involve the deaths of other innocents, it is time to legislate all aspects of stranding in the domestic home, the mediation of the stranding and the proper end to these explosive and emotional dissolutions. This is happening all to often and includes far too many people in collateral innocence! It is time to protect all parties better interests if we are to keep weapons available and in the communities, allow people to make better, healthier decisions for themselves when they are hurting.

    October 21, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deb

      You did read the part about previous domestic violence incidences, right? It's ridiculous and unjust to require the "spouse doing the filing" to pay for therapy – all too often, the spouse who has been the abused one is not going to have any resources, and certainly shouldn't be required to pay for *counseling* for her abuser! The only thing that will "end" is spouses trying to get an abuser to move out, if she will be "required" to pay for his counseling. A stable individual is not going to kill a spouse when a break-up occurs. An unstable individual is most likely not going to submit to counseling, or if he does attend a consultation, he likely won't continue attending. But your proposal that the spouse filing pay for counseling? Pfffttt!

      October 21, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      Domestic violence is not the issue here! I mean, my ex-finance accused me of this domestic violence thing and i have done nothing to her or even had a loud argument with her, she did it to simply spite me. This guy is a nut-case with a gun, even i was banned from owning a gun when my ex-finance sought a restraining order against me, that was no problem with me cause i never owned a gun in my life, after the restraining order, she tried to contact me, changed my number immediately. This dude is crazy but i do empathize with him, women can drive you insane, this is what happened here.

      October 22, 2012 at 3:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Vespy

      @Adam. Domestic violence is the issue here. This man had previously been reported for it. And because he was an abuser who could not handle the woman in his life standing up for herself, he killed her. Like he said he would. That you empathize with an abuser who murdered his wife, two other women, and tried to kill her daughter, is beyond disturbing.

      October 22, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Hide Behind

    We have lots of mass killings done by some of the best educated minds in the country.
    They killed 500,000 under 5 years to make one man pay.
    Yhen when he stoll wouldn,t pay wr invaded and killed a couple hundred thosand adults and drove 3to 5 million into poverty inneighboring nations.
    Today se 20to 30,000 babies are born. with life ending fegormities and fetus die in mothers womb from oir need to deplete our used till half life still killing uranium.
    Ah yes we have a well educated society. the deadliest in the world.
    Every year we spend hundreds of billions researching better ways to kill and laud with heroes laurals and dollars those who excell.
    We need a draft of all males and train them well to send overseas so maybe when they all return home they may be tired of killing.
    Oops that's chauvanistic women shouldThat we maylose more by suicode than by random violence does not matter if they just off themselves,also go equal pay for equal kills.
    American society is not crazy; Just a little bit ill.

    October 21, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    I have seen a lot of real asinine posts here today; none more insulting that the ones by you, racist bigot.
    You seriously need a lesson in humility; people have died here, and you making it into a political statement is tawdry.
    You should be ashamed of yourself, but in your own self-indulgent self-righteous little world, I doubt you are.
    If anyone sucks, it is YOU.

    October 21, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. the 1 prophet

    This is a result bad National Government policy in the last decade including, the judicial system, many problems arise out of poor economic growth, jobless communities, business struggling, and more can cause stress and anxieties.

    October 21, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deb

      Agree – NO excuse whatsoever. Perhaps our economy wouldn't be growing this slowly if the obstructionist Republicans in Congress hadn't been so hell bent on making President Obama a one-term president.

      October 21, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. KO

    Wow! Folks actually believe controlling guns will stop senseless killing. Just like laws against drugs, drunk driving, theft, etc., it won't stop...get over yourselves and remove your rose colored glasses.

    October 21, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bubba Butchroy

    Is the shooter another white man ?

    October 21, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TvNyC

    This guy looks like a killer.

    October 22, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  15. adelia

    is his wife one of the person he fired on?

    October 22, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
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