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. Tee Time

    Has anyone blamed Obama yet?

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

    What does Paul Ryan have to say about gun violence in his State? Dies he not care? Why is he silent?

    October 21, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bill Mahodil

    None of you get it at all . The message in church this morning was that the only Peace in this world comes from God our Father in heaven . It is not in the world without His Gace . Problem with America is we have lost our first love . American has turned its back against The Lord Jesus Christ and so as a nation He has turned His back against us and left us to our own devices . I saw in one of these comments that we are at war and so you are correct but it is a spiritual battle .

    October 21, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. whatajoke

    when are americans going to wake up and realize that the gun culture is what breeds this crap... you all seem to think it's your right to own a gun and there is nothing wrong with that. Why would anyone need a hand gun? To protect yourself from what? Another american with a bigger gun???

    October 21, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nah

      what: "you all seem to think it's your right to own a gun and there is nothing wrong with that. Why would anyone need a hand gun? To protect yourself from what? Another american with a bigger gun???"

      Durrr, because criminals all over the world ignore laws prohibiting owning and using guns. If firearms are outlawed, law abiding citizens will willingly turn them in. Criminals - who already use the guns illegally - won't care. Why? Because if they're willing to commit murder, they're most likely willing to ignore a gun regulation as well.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • phrogg111

      Americans DO have the right to own a gun. There is no privilege of the people to keep and bear arms that shall not be infringed.

      And yes, guns are for self protection. Do you know how many guns I have? How many of those the government knows about?

      How many of my guns have killed anyone since I've had them? Ill give you a hint: it's less than 1.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. flecka

    Okay NRA, politics aside–what's the solution to all the MADNESS going on today???! Will it take a shooting of a family member to get you to see firearms are just not working for the Main???

    October 21, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nah

      flecka: "Okay NRA, politics aside–what's the solution to all the MADNESS going on today???! Will it take a shooting of a family member to get you to see firearms are just not working for the Main???"

      Perhaps if you researched, and understood, the NRA's position on firearms you wouldn't have to ask absurd questions.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      There is only one solution. More guns.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Libacryte

      Well, there really is no "solution" – you see, crazy people do crazy things. Living in a FREE society, folks have the FREEDOM to come & go as they please, and live their lives pretty much as they want. With that FREEDOM comes responsibility. Unfortunately, there are folks who cannot handle that freedom, and they are the ones who do things like this. They have always been with us, and they always will.

      Sure, we can allow our Gov to crack down on nearly everyone like the Gov does in some countries. We can allow them to arrest people who are traveling in groups of more than 4 or 5 (as is the case in some countries, this would be considered a "gang" of people). We can allow our Gov to disarm EVERY ONE to the point that NOBODY can ever get a gun again – that is, except for the Government, of course. Oh, and the folks who have enough money to bribe Gov officials. Oh, and the criminals who will steal the guns from those who bribe the Gov officials into selling them guns. -– you get my point?

      There is a price for freedom, and I don't know about you, but the .0001% chance I have of getting shot by someone like in the article is a SMALL price to pay for my FREEDOM to keep & bear arms. After all, statistically speaking,OVER 99.9% of all gun owners are honest, law-abiding citizens.

      It's the whole "one bad apple ruins the whole bunch" mentality of folks like you that immediately have knee-jerk reactions like blindly giving up more of your freedoms to a corrupt Gov will somehow solve the problem.

      Perhaps you should go live in a bubble that you have control over??

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

      What will it take for you to understand that banning guns will not get rid of guns? Do you not understand how the black market works? Also, are you so naive that you think banning weapons is even a solution to this problem?

      October 21, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      No Matty, the only solution will be the last man standing with a gun looking for another target.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bill Mahodil

    Just wait till the Un takes control and takes away all your rights . Then we will see who was right and truthful . It is people who kill .

    October 21, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Vespy

    It wasn't.

    October 21, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Real World

    A gun in someone's home closest (in a safe place) that they want to use for hunting, law enforcement (if applicable) or even personal protection....is quite different than lunatics picking up those weapons and USING them to shoot innocent people. Anti-Gun citizens are not saying that there should be no guns–they simply want better gun laws. Conceal Carry laws were the worst idea in American history. MORE guns available can lead to more available guns to people who may want to use them. We have BIG issues in this country. Look at Canada...they have a lot of guns used for HUNTING and they have SO few incidents of gun violence. What is wrong with this country? REPUBLICANS who are flipping ignorant and inconsiderate.

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

      Maybe if we had 500 more gun control laws, the CRIMINALS would find one they like and listen to it

      October 21, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • The_Lightbringer

      By your own admission, Canada has tons of guns but virtually no gun violence. Must be our violent American society, not the tools they use

      October 21, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nah

      real: "Anti-Gun citizens are not saying that there should be no guns–they simply want better gun laws."

      How brilliantly meaningless. What "better gun laws" would have stopped this crime?

      Murder is already illegal.

      Using a firearm to shoot others is illegal.

      Should we ban carrying firearms? Thinking about them?

      "Conceal Carry laws were the worst idea in American history. MORE guns available can lead to more available guns to people who may want to use them."

      First, conceal carry laws have no impact on the availability of guns. All it does is allow people to legally take their gun out of their closet and carry it. You know: the gun they already own.

      Second, criminals who already rob, murder, etc. carry guns regardless of the law. Why? Because if they're willing to commit a violent crime, they're most likely willing to violate gun regulations as well.

      Third, studies have shown that conceal weapons permits do nothing to increase crime. Why? Because if someone is willing to take out a gun and shoot another (say, over road rage), they'd be just as willing to use their car as a battering ram, etc. in the first place.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nah

      lightbringer: "By your own admission, Canada has tons of guns but virtually no gun violence. Must be our violent American society, not the tools they use"

      Shhh, don't confuse him.

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

      Hey Real World. Thank You for acknowledging the fact that we have legal guns in Canada and that our crime rate is low. Other people on this topic claim that our murder rate is as high if not higher than in the States. We have a very strong and proactive approach to getting rid of assault weapons by our Government and the Police and it is a hard battle bur it is working. We all feel safe and do not have fear of being shot when we go about our daily life. One of the dumbest statement that I have read here is that guns don't kill that people kill. These people could not kill if they did not have a gun or in such masses if there were no assault weapons. Your lost three people today and seven more are injured so senseless. I feel for the families it is a devastating thing for their lives which will stay with them forever.

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

    Shoot em up........ shoot em up.......

    October 21, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Katie

    How tragic. It apparently is too much to ask for people to set aside their politics for even a few minutes to process this heinous act and to pray both for the victims & their families but also for society as a whole, that we can hope for an end to such things. It's time to show respect and tolerance for one another, even (maybe even especially) toward those whose views we do not share.

    October 21, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. rare_earth

    I get home to read about yet another Republican out for a weekend shooting spree.

    October 21, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dark Poet

      lol news flash...... it wasn't a republican.... so 1 out of the last 10 shooting sprees have been committed by a republican... 0% by a NRA member.....

      So that is 90% more likely to commit a gun crime if your a democrat.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. achepotle

    There simply aren't enough guns in America...there needs to be more guns, easier to get, and at a younger age. The clips need to be bigger, and they need to be high caliber. This needs to be combined with a more fundamentalist approach to religion and less government...much less....each man (and his woman) for himself. I call it the "Libya Doctrine".

    October 21, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. calgal

    Another shooting in a swing state.... :/

    October 21, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Majesty Rider

    Take that NRA!... This is exactly why we need tighter gun controls!!!! THIS IS MADNESS!

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

      We need 500 more gun control laws, that way, the CRIMINALS might find one they like and obey it

      October 21, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • mcasm

      Majesty Rider......you my friend....are an idiot.

      October 21, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ImTextingYouWhileDriving

    If it wasn't for guns the indians would still be living in the home of the brave. And your argument to ban guns would not even be valid right now.

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