Milwaukee salon shooting leaves 4 dead

5:02 PM, Oct 21, 2012   |    comments
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Police personnel work outside the Azana Salon and Spa where three people were killed and four others wounded after a mass shooting on October 21, 2012 in Brookfield, Wisconsin. The suspected shooter, Radcliffe Haughton, was found dead inside the spa. (Photo by Jeffrey Phelps/Getty Images)

William M. Welch, USA TODAY

A man opened fire at a day spa near Milwaukee on Sunday, killing three people and wounding four others before turning the gun on himself, police said.

Brookfield Police Chief Dan Tushaus said officers found the body of Radcliffe Franklin Haughton, 45, of Brown Deer, Wis., inside the Azana Day Spa, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot.

Police said earlier they were searching for Haughton after believing he had fled. A nearby mall, country club and other buildings were locked down during a six-hour manhunt.

Police said they believe the shooting was related to a domestic dispute. Tushaus said the man's wife was an employee of the spa, that he had slashed tires on her car two weeks ago, and that a restraining order had been issued for him for four years. It was not immediately known whether Haughton's wife was among the victims.

Tushaus said police initially believed an explosive device was inside the spa, but that they later determined there was no such device.

The identities of the victims were not immediately released.

The shooting was the second mass slaying in the Milwaukee area in recent months. On Aug. 5, a white supremacist and military veteran, Wade Michael Page, 40, killed six people before shooting himself at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis.

A witness Sunday, David Gosh of West Allis, Wis., told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he saw a screaming woman emerge from the spa and run into traffic.

"She ran right out into the street and was pounding on cars," Gosh told the newspaper. He said that moments later, a man with a handgun ran out and appeared to be chasing her, then went back inside.

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, a congressman from Wisconsin, issued a statement saying he was "shocked and saddened.''

"As our community continues to heal from August's tragic violence, our thoughts and prayers are with today's victims and their loved ones,'' he said. "Our gratitude also goes to the first responders who rushed to save lives and secure the scene. We will not allow the evil responsible for this heartbreaking event to triumph over the spirit of the people of Wisconsin. I ask all Americans to keep those affected by this event in their hearts, minds and prayers today."

Just last week, three women were killed when a gunman began shooting at a beauty salon in Casselberry, Fla., outside Orlando. The gunman had a domestic violence injunction against him.

Contributing: The Associated Press


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