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. Wow

    It's not a gun issue. It's a culture issue. We need to clean it up.

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

      That's easy. Just have everyone shoot any person seen carrying a gun, while not on their own property, or "legitimate" hunting.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      It's a gun culture issue.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. vey

    I want to see how liberals who ban guns control crime. Oh wait there already is a history of liberal controlled places with strict gun laws. guess what those places have more shooting then non liberal places.

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

      Being ignorant about the 100 times safer streets and civilians of Europe, doesn't do your credibility any good.

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

      You completely made up that fact! Google the stats. European coutnries are far more liberal than the USA. They have a fraction of our gun violence. It's not like we have 10 or 20% more gun violence and violent crime in general, we have over 1000% percent more. Be careful, it's because of an uninformed citzenship here the US, that we have poor laws governing our country

      October 21, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reasonable Person

      Those European gun control laws protected Nazis and Soviet Communists from being shot by the people they were rounding up for the death camps and the gulag.

      What a triumph of liberalism.

      October 21, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • RLEmery

      You mean like England, where their violent crime rate in 1997 (year of their gun ban) was 820 per 100k people and went up to 1,977 per 100k in 2010, their murder rates didnt go down either, such a consistent trend in gun ban countries.

      Plus anyone who believes an inanimate object is the root cause of violence hears said inanimate object use it voice to command a person in close proximity and commit a violent act. Lucjily for the public safety, the vasy majority of those who hear voices and must obey, those loveable, violent, schizophrenics are locked up

      All while our violent crime rate in the US in 1997 went from 611 per 100k people to 403 per 100k people in 2010, a 38% drop, 26% reduction in murders, etc,etc, etc, etc...

      But hey, since the US govt acknowledges that over 92% of deaths by illegal use of a firearm are committed by career criminals, gang members, and suiciders (a felony crime) where do you get the information to infer the law abiding gun owners are responsible for all those deaths eh einstein?

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

    These comments are disturbing. More people have died this year due to popping pills from grandmas medicine cabinet then lunatics blowing away random people. More people have died this year from TEXTING while driving then guns, yet you dont need a license to own a cell phone. Maybe your bad driving makes me wanna get a gun. Ever think of that. You people are dangerous too society.

    October 21, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Stephen

    It's getting to the point where you're almost not safe anywhere – some nut could walk in with an assault rifle with a high capacity magazine, all perfectly fine by the NRA, and just spray bullets. Disgusting.

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

      or some yuppy like yourself in the prius runs over my kid walking home from school because you were twitting the facebooks with your china men made commy texting device.

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

      You don't need a gun to drive kids to school. On the other hand it's pretty difficult to travel from home to the shops more a than a mile or so, without using a vehicle of some kind.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reasonable Person

      Poor little Tony. Pretends there's a "right" to drive because his pudgy wittle self can't imagine having to walk a mile.

      But Tony's OK with tearing up the Bill of Rights if it might cut down on his bed-wetting.

      October 21, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • RLEmery

      Disgusting is that the 1st amendment protects pathological lies like Stephens rant.

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

    Another Wealthy Politician coordinating a sensless act to gain control of America and more wealth. (WI a SWING STATE). No regards to life and worthless people who shop at Malls. Watch! He will stick to Gun control and link it to Crime in America and tell us naive middle class and poor, "It is our Presidents Fault." Yes non Mormons and the weak will be Victims of a cult and the wealthy!

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

      Sorry! A hospital! with no important people. Hey how many of the victims will not be able to pay the bill. I pray all is well for them and their families.

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

      Ironically, no one died and it was in a Hospital. Wow! the truth is hidden again.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. me

    Oh yay! more gun violence but NO ONE carrying a gun for protection.

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

      Since most of these nut job gun violence episodes seem to be with legally obtained weapons, what's your point?

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

      Yeah, since the BATF refused to prsecute more than 1% of the 1.83 mil frlons and others rejected caught attempting to buy a firearm from a licnesed source since 1994, much less the 95% of felons who dont even attempt to buy from a licnesed source to negin with, much less catch ANy of those 100% using a fake identification to pass the background check, much less allow civilians access to the NICS system.

      Always ignoring the fact your politicians do not fund or resource the mental health reporting function to the NICS, Otherwise they would have more than 1.7 mil records of mentally ill who have lost their 2A rights by due process, rather than the 23.15 mil severely mentally ill the mental health experts identify in the US adult and prison population.

      Yeah, sucks how the govt responsible for controlling firearm sales and such, sucks so badly at doing so.

      October 21, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Real World

    Violent crimes have increased ironically since Wisconsin made conceal-carry legal. This is the second mass shooting in months and the third in Wisconsin alone in the past decade. WHAT are you airheads going to understand. Of course guns don't kill people–people do but when you make more guns available–people that go off the handle have easier access to guns! We need to have more common sense on gun laws. THEY ARE DANGEROUS. Even the most experienced suddenly use them to commit crimes. Guns need to be restricted for REAL PURPOSE like HUNTING and Law Enforcement. People have taken "The Right to Bear Arms" statement too literally and in ignorance.

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

      You hit the nail on the head.

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

      Since you started with a lie - violent crime rates FELL in Wisconsin in 2011 and are expected to fall again in 2012 according to the data available so far - it's pretty hard to see why any of your other claims should be taken seriously.

      October 21, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Helen

      Real World. I agree with you. Can you imagine that you go to a mall or on the street and someone has a gun and uses it and everyone else carrying a concealed weapon pulls it out and they start shooting. Mass murders. People who are neurotic and paranoid now would not want to leave their home at all. Scary. The issue is more about assault weapons and their control they do the most damage. The United States might as well start living in the Billy the Kid days. Society has move on from outdated laws and rights.

      October 21, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. vey

    There is no America. You are all a bunch of idiots and Gun are important factor to freedom. it historic. Unfortunately there are to many idi0ts in this country who forgot what America is.

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

      And you just add yourself to that group with that statement.

      October 21, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ricardo Duarte

      America is not about to own guns!!!!

      October 21, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • donna

      Don't be fooled. Guns kill people. Time to ban them and make this a safer country.

      October 21, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bellenoitr

    This is getting out of hand. Where were all the people legally armed to stop this? Just quoting the NRA that everyone should walk around with a gun. IF gun control was in place and IF this country took good care of mental health, we wouldn't have these problems.

    October 21, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. fryuujin

    hmm. just another reason the NRA is good for listening to for who to be president.

    just in case your didn't get the sarcasm don't listen to the NRA about anything that has to do with politics.

    October 21, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Lucky18

    Can't wait for an alien to land on earth! Then maybe, all this insanity might go away!

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

      Unless we shoot it.

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

      NRA & GOP wants no restrictions on guns....assault rifles are for the military. God Bless the Police who have to deal with these acts.

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

      Earth is the intergalactic insane asylum – it is where they put all of the galaxy's loonies – it is the only explanation.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Diandra

    Consider the possibility that therecent trend toward shootings and other violence in salons, spa.s etc is in fact related to the election. The woman's vote and the questions that are beingraised. It's not unusal for heated rhetoric to further tip a tipping point or an unbalanced individual

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

      "trend toward shootings and other violence in salons, spa.s etc "
      They all had signs posted saying no firearms. Why aren't there any mass shootings at gun shows?

      October 21, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Glen

    I'm here in Milwaukee , we have conceal carry here. The fact is this happened at a spa , all the victims were women. If a gun was there this wouldn't have happened. If you take away guns you would just hear about mass stabbings , or clubbings. Guns aren't the problem , its lunatics.

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

      you guys say this every time. endless excuses.

      wackos AND guns are the problem. let's get rid of both.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyle C

      Do you realize how long a mass stabbing or a mass clubbing would take?

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

      Mass stabbing happend in china...in a police station because the police didnt have guns. Take the guns away? Typical morno ic response. How would you do that exactly? How would you prevent bad people from getting guns? Drugs are illegal..but they are all over the place. Washington DC doesnt allow guns...yet its the murder capital. The ONLY people who benifit from a gun ban are criminals.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyle C

      The only people who benefit from a gun ban are criminals? Really? Tell that to the family of the victims of the Aurora movie shooting. Why anyone would think that people should be allowed to own assault weapons is beyond me.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reasonable Person

      Gotta love how all of these ignorant gun-banners are unable to grasp how simple it is to construct a firebomb.

      The largest mass-murder in US history, prior to the Oklahoma City bombing, was committed with a gallon of unleaded gasoline and a pack of matches. 87 dead and dozens more terribly injured. By one man with just a bottle of gas and a match.

      Well, at least they weren't victims of "gun violence." No wonder the gun-ban lobby ignores their deaths.

      October 21, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • RLEmery

      Just a few hours after the execution of Zheng Minsheng in neighborin­g Fujian Province, in Leizhou, Guangdong another knife-wiel­ding man named Chen Kangbing, 33 at Hongfu Primary School wounded 16 students and a teacher.

      An attacker named Wu Huanming, 48, killed seven children and two adults and injured 11 other persons with a cleaver at a kindergart­en in Hanzhong, Shaanxi on May 12, 2010

      On 4 August 2010, 26-year-ol­d Fang Jiantang slashed more than 20 children and staff with a 60cm knife, killing 3 children and 1 teacher, at a kindergart­en in Zibo, Shandong province.

      October 21, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • RLEmery

      Aug 2, 2012 A teenager has been arrested after killing nine people and wounding four others in a knife attack in northeast China, state media reported Thursday. The 17-year-old, who was identified only by his surname Li, barged into the home of his girlfriend armed with a knife following an argument and killed two relatives of the girl, the Legal Daily said. As he left his girlfriend’s home in Liaoning province’s Xinbin county, he stabbed six more people to death and wounded five, it said.
One of the injured died Thursday in hospital, the paper said. Li was arrested near the scene of the attack, late on Wednesday night, and was taken into custody, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

      Sept 28, 2012 An ax-wielding man burst into a day care center in China and attacked the children, killing three and wounding another 13 before police subdued him. The incident took place in China’s southern province of Guangxi.

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

      Wow Kyle, maybe you should ask the Chinese, how long it took a knife or axe wielding lunatic in gun free China and gun free school to kill all those people before police caught them?

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

      The Nanping school massacre occurred at Nanping City Experimental Elementary School in the city of Nanping, Fujian Province, People's Republic of China, in which a man used a knife to kill eight children and seriously wound five others. The incident occurred on March 23, 2010, around 7:20 am local time .

      October 21, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Let's go visit

    home nukes, for protection and modern techno hunting.

    October 21, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bob hope

    what gun law would have prevented this crime? Might I remind everyone that drugs are illegal, there are stiff penalties, and a large percentage of the prison population are there for drug related crimes. Are those drug laws a deterrent?

    October 21, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • brian

      I see your point. But for people with no option's drugs bring in money.. a lot money. People are scared of the laws, just the potential for large amounts is worth it to people.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • works4me

      Sooo ... you would keep an AK under your desk? No one is looking to ban guns. Geeze... what's wrong here. It's the assault weapons. You know the ones you don't need for hunting, target practice or home defense IF you practice with your handgun. We really don't need assault weapons on the street. In battle yes, police yes...
      civilians NO

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


      Please identify the assault weapon that was used in this incident.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • brian

      I agree with works4me.. what purpose does a person need an automatic rifle for? Weapons that the military is using shouldnt be used in the streets. It just seems ludicrous someone can go by ballistic gear, an automatic rifle with extended clips... what is that used for in society?

      October 21, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
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