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. DMG2FUN

    "against any gun restrictions."
    It is a right. What other right has as many restrictions as the right to bear arms?

    October 21, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kathy

      Voting!! Look at all the GOP voter suppression laws!!!!

      October 21, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don

      Don't look at this as a restriction; however, its a responsibilty of firearms ownership.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bills Cat

      How about MOST CIVILIZED COUNTRIES? Does 'most' work for you? Sure seems to work for most of the free world. LOL Aside from the 2nd, 3rd and 4th world countries where guns are as necessary as pants, a great many countries seem to get along just fine without every cluck with a spare hundred bucks owning a .38 or 9mm.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • DMG2FUN

      "Kathy: Voting!! Look at all the GOP voter suppression laws!!!!"
      Requiring an ID to vote is not voter suppression. If a person can get to the voting booth. There is no reason they cannot get a photo id.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • RLEmery

      Kathy is just beeetching because requiring a photo id takes the dead and illegal immigrants out of the voting ranks of the demodummies.

      October 21, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. MixolydianFL

    Aurora, Tucson, Oak Creek, VA Tech, Columbine... In 2007 we saw 31,000 gun-related deaths (56% suicides, 41% homicides); that's three Auroras a day. How long will this insanity go on before the public demands stricter gun control laws?

    October 21, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • DMG2FUN

      "Aurora, Tucson, Oak Creek, VA Tech, Columbine... "
      These were all gun free zones. signs posted saying no guns. Why aren't they mass shooting at gun shows?

      October 21, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • MixolydianFL

      @DMG2FUN: Because the country in which these little zones are surrounded has by far the most guns per capita and the most gun violence in the world.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • lolatyouall

      ok so gunfree zones are small ...so you're saying the ENTIRE STATE of IL is a small zone they have the strictest gun laws out of ALL other states yet the highest amount of crime ..hmmmm want to blame more inanimate objects ....do cars cause DUIs ?

      October 21, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • DMG2FUN

      "most gun violence in the world."
      Visit Mexico some time. It make your claims false.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • MixolydianFL

      For the sake of getting the facts right (which seems like a futile exercise on this board), I agree with you that Mexico and a list of eight other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have more gun violence than the US. However, the fact remains that the US has more gun violence than countries in Europe and Asia.

      I stand by the assertion that the US has the most guns per person in the world, with Serbia #2 and Yemen #3. Given this broad profusion of guns, and the proven lack of effectiveness of guns for self-defense, wouldn't it make more sense to argue for stricter gun laws, not more permissive ones?

      October 21, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reasonable Person

      Mixy sure likes to lie.

      The US isn't even in the top 100 when it comes to murder rates.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reasonable Person

      The US has a murder rate less than half of that of the European nations of Russia, Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine, Lithuania and Estonia.

      The US has a lower murder rate than many Asian nations, and Asia as a whole has a rate - 3.1 versus 4.2 per 100,000 - that is only slightly below that of the US. And in spite of extremely strict gun laws which ban ownership of any gun in many countries and include the death penalty for illegal possession in more than one.

      October 21, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Helen

      Reasonal Person. You should have learned Geography in school. Those countries are not in Eaurope. Ignorance is bliss and that is why there is such a resistance to assault weapons.

      October 21, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • MixolydianFL

      You're right, but I didn't lie: I cited gun-related deaths, not murders. Includes suicides btw, and guns in the home increase the chance of suicide and murder.

      October 21, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • MixolydianFL

      Helen, Reasonable Person is right: all those countries, including Russia, are European, although most of Russia's area is in Asia. The misunderstanding is that he's quoting intentional homicide rates and I was talking about gun-related deaths and gun ownership. But let's not allow ourselves to become like the most violent countries in Europe or Asia: let's aspire to lower our murder rates to those of our more peaceful allies.

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

    Hmm, should I:

    (A) Claim sky is falling, demand guns be outlawed
    (B) Insensitively marginalize loss of human life
    (C) Be compassionate

    Definite not C. This is the internet.

    October 21, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. DMG2FUN

    Name a leftist aka prgoressive gun control law that criminals will obey.

    October 21, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Let's go visit

      you got it wrong, lefties need home nukes, for protection and modern techno hunting.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jamesrini

      when you mean Leftie's I guess you mean Republicans because they said on the left side of Congress and the Senate also guns don't kill people kill, evil people are always going to get their hands on guns so why take guns out of hands a good people .

      October 21, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vespy

      Criminals don't obey laws, therefore laws should not exist. Excellent idea.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • us_1776

      This is the same type of ignorant thinking that went on during the Cold War when nobody wanted to back down on nuclear weapons. Now nearly every civilized nation is getting rid of their nuclear weapons and trying to stop any further proliferation of those weapons.

      The same needs to occur with guns.


      October 21, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Barbara

    Don't blame the NRA. Blame the founding fathers who came up with the 2nd Amendment. I understand that they had no way of knowing how fast this country would grow nor how many levels of law enforcement would come into being.

    October 21, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bills Cat

      That was long before the major gun mfrs bought and paid for the NRA - the only 'rights' the NRA stands for anymore are fear-mongering campaigns and arms sales.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • lolatyouall

      then why are you using free speech ? the founding fathers had no idea of the internet or electronics ...if you want to speak freely go stand at yoru town square and shout or build an old time press ... since you want to use failed logic

      October 21, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • DMG2FUN

      "Blame the founding fathers who came up with the 2nd Amendment."
      Leftist aka prgoressives blame everybody but the criminals.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reasonable Person

      Gotta love how liberals blame the NRA - a truly grassroots organization that gets its money not from gun makers but from the dues paid by the NRA's millions of members, and has leadership freely elected by the members - while they praise gun-ban groups that get their money from corporate foundations and whose leaders are appointed, not elected.

      October 21, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jay Mueller

    Love > Fear

    October 21, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. So... wait...

    The gun-toting conservatives go straight to calling all muslims terrorists, yet when someone does a mass shooting or a Christian bombs an abortion center or lets their children die out of faith, "Oh, those have nothing to do with anything! Those were just a few crazies. They shouldn't speak for the rest of the community."

    Mass murder around every corner, harsh discrimination against women and gays, the rich being behind all the radical Christianity in the country, are we just encouraging ourselves to become another Middle Eastern country that we love to pretend are less civilized than we?

    October 21, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bills Cat

      That sounds about right, ahem...

      October 21, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Let's go visit

      it is not about what your do. it is about which will of God your are following.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wes

      First part of your comment seemed agreeable to me. But,

      "Mass murder around every corner, harsh discrimination against women and gays, the rich being behind all the radical Christianity in the country, are we just encouraging ourselves to become another Middle Eastern country that we love to pretend are less civilized than we?"

      That is a lot of exaggeration.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reasonable Person

      I invite "so wait" to take the simple test.

      Stand in a busy street, anywhere in the US, and shout as loud as you can "Jesus was a $%@*!"

      Then try it in any Islamic nation.

      October 21, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Helen

      You forgot the Oklahoma Bombing and the Uni Bomber. At last a person with a rational educated outlook. Good on You.

      October 21, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bills Cat

    Times are getting tough when folks are getting blasted in spas, hair-stylists, salons and barber shops - not to omit work, schools and the Post Office. Might be a good time to start marketing stylish body armor...

    October 21, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wes

      I bet there's already a pretty good market for it, for survivalist enthusiasts and kin.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. John Vance

    Another garden-variety nutball with a gun going bang-bang. So sad and so common.

    October 21, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Beauty and Bullets

    Why the recent attacks in beauty, nail parlors, etc.? Of all places I would think would be the most tranquil.

    October 21, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Americagoneinsane

    Another 'notch on your belt' for the N.R.A.
    Hopes of recovery for all those wounded in this act of insanity.

    October 21, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • lolatyouall

      Another Notch in the belt of stupidity ...the NRA has nothing to do with this

      October 21, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. lynn

    Just another example of our well armed militia. Guess they didn't get the message, no practice today.

    October 21, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Karl

    I along with the 2nd amendment, we should remove the 4th and 9th amendments. They're outdated as well

    October 21, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      And the First, sick of the ACLU arguing that KKK has a right to march in my town. We will all be better off when we abolish all individual rights in the interest of public safety.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. aayotte@msn.com

    What started out as an appropriate approach to protecting states and the union has morphed into something never intended. The 2nd ammendment was written in a time where farms, store owners, teahers were called apon by the state to protect their land. The supreme court changed that... ARA 1, humanity 0.

    However, the Supreme Court has now definitively held that the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that weapon for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home. Moreover, this right applies not just to the federal government, but to states and municipalities as well.

    October 21, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • DMG2FUN

      "individual's right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia"
      Membership in a militia would be an infringement on a right. The 2nd amend says the right of the people, not the militia.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Hollywood

    When are they going to strictly enforce the gun laws? It seems as if anyone can get a weapon.

    October 21, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      For all we know at this point, this "anyone" could be an off-duty cop.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • phrogg111

      "It seems as if anyone can get a weapon!"

      Anyone can.

      I built an AR-15 legally in my garage out of Delrin plastic using under $400 worth of tooling. It's functional, unregistered, and legal.

      I have no machining experience.

      If I can build a gun in my garage, any criminal can. Criminals will always be armed.

      The only solution is being armed and trained yourself. Banning guns does nothing, just like banning murder does nothing.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wes

      This goes to show you that criminals ignore "No Weapon" signs. Not just anyone can get a gun..legally. Please know the process before you make stupid comments. Don't blame the gun. Blame the person.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
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