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. works4me

    OK... OK...just stop yelling. We'll all go shoot our neighbors.

    October 21, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. deeceeuci

    here we go again, our monthly mass shooting has happened.

    October 21, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. steve

    If they were carrying their guns into the spa, this would not have happened. We need to allow guns in spas also.

    October 21, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyle C

      If they brought guns to the spa, there would have been more confusion and more people would of got hurt. This isnt the wild west!

      October 21, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Steve S

    More victims in America's 'Cowboy Culture' War of whack jobs with firearms gunning down innocent citizens......again

    October 21, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dennis

    Injured? Another NRA under achiever.

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

      Yeah... so where're the other gun owners to gun down the shooter when you need them most? "Roll-eye"... so call the argument for owning guns for self-defense. I served in the military and now am a security expert. There's no way you can pull out your gun so quickly if you don't put it somewhere obvious, like in your pocket or your belt. I've never seen anyone being saved by another person who has a gun.... I only see, so far, people being killed by guns. Can't pull out their guns fast enough? Until we find a way to know how to differentiate the nuts from the sensible, BAN GUNS!

      October 21, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • ImTextingYouWhileDriving

      I agree with you 100% people should get drunk and road rage more! Dont waste bullets on innocent people, just hit the gas pedal. Yeeehhhawww!

      October 21, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tom

    There is a lot of talk about gun control already, even though we have no idea what happened in this case. I'll just leave my two cents. Yes, it is hard to draft laws that are going to stop people who don't have any regard for the law. However, the answer should never be that the status quo is acceptable. Don't tell me there is no way to make sure these incidents occur less often.

    October 21, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Status Quo and Gun Control aren't related

      It's not about changing or keeping the status quo, it is about denying law abiding citizens their rights with laws that don't do anything to fix the problem.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. BlameMe

    what else is new?

    October 21, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. whatajoke

    why does anyone need to own a gun?

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

      They're used 2.5 million times a year in defense of a crime and you still ask this question?

      October 21, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Because it makes them feel like a man. Without a gun, they have no alternative way to prove such.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alicia

      Well uhmm, lets see...the ORIGINAL concept was to protect citizens from a tyranny....but naww!, that would never happen here, would it?.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Source for this stat? or did you just pull it out of your butt?

      October 21, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anonymous

      Several people have their reasons. I can say that from a personal experience that after being attacked ( I'm female ) it served to prevent harm to myself, and the police was able to take the attacker into custody. Unfortunately when guns are in the wrong hands, there are dire consequences.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. vey

    You are one of the 99%

    October 21, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Brian

    I will bet all of my firearms the shooter was not a concealed carry permit holder.

    October 21, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • mormons are not christians

      There is not a concealed carry law in wi.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aj

      I will take you up on that bet and when the facts come out if you don't fork them over, you're comment will hold up in court if I have to sue.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Yes, there is a concealed carry law in Wisconsin. However, I am hearing reports that the business has signs posted to not allow any guns inside. Gee, those signs sure did a lot of good. Plus, they make the business liable for not allowing people to protect themselves.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ImTextingYouWhileDriving

    people like Fareed Zakaria should get banned for being a commy. We need more control more laws and more cops. We need more drunk drivers and people that take xanax. We need more taxes and more banks. We should eat less fresh vegetables and more diabetic sodas. Lets ban breathing. Ban it all.

    October 21, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. asdf

    Another Blue state shooting. Probably a liberal again.

    October 21, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cheeze Deck Wi.

      I bet he was one of the unemployed workers that Paul Ryan went to High School with.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. DrIncognitus

    If all the women in the spa had been openly carrying machine guns this never would have happened!

    October 21, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Though, the women would have created hundreds of bodies in "collateral damage".

      Why do so many gun lovers think that if the victims only had a gun, that every shot would hit the perp and only the perp? Guess what, few bullets would hit their intended target.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rodney

    In 2009, there were 10,839 fatalities in crashes involving a driver with a BAC of .08 or higher – 32 percent of total traffic fatalities for the year.
    We need to make alcohol harder to get, require more oversight and regulation. Then I'm sure we will end alcohol related crashes.
    The country is full of mouth-breathers. The world is full of crazy people, always has, always will.

    "Laws that forbid the carrying of arms disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."
    Thomas Jefferson

    October 21, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. vey

    You dont know what your talking about. Name one original thought you ever had that didnt come from what you saw on TV

    October 21, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
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