By Jueseppi B.
5:30 PM CST UPDATE:
BROOKFIELD, Wisc. — A county dispatcher in Wisconsin says the suspect in a mass shooting at a spa outside Milwaukee has been found dead inside the Azana Salon and Spa.
Christine Bannister is a dispatch supervisor for Waukesha County communications center. She says 45-year-old Radcliffe Franklin Haughton, of Brown Deer, has been found dead. She could not provide more details.
Published October 21, 2012
BROOKFIELD, Wis. – Deputies searched Sunday for a man suspected of wounding multiple people in a shooting at a spa near a suburban Milwaukee shopping mall.
Police released a photograph of the man they identified as Radcliffe Franklin Haughton, 45, of Brown Deer. They said he was still at-large and the public’s help was needed in tracking him down.
Brookfield police told WTMJ-AM the shooting happened about 11 a.m. Sunday at a spa across the street from the Brookfield Square Mall. The mall, a country club adjacent to the spa, a nearby hospital and other buildings were locked down, local media reported.
Brookfield Police Lt. John Beth said a bomb squad from the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department was at the spa. He wouldn’t say why the unit was there but said it was not routine to have it respond to a shooting.
Spokesmen for the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said their agencies also had agents participating in the investigation.
Milwaukee FBI spokesman Leonard Peace said his agency sent a SWAT team and hostage negotiators, among others.
Online court records showed a temporary restraining order was issued against Haughton in Milwaukee County Circuit Court on Oct. 8 because of a domestic abuse complaint.
Beth Strohbusch, a spokeswoman for Froedtert Memorial Hospital — one of the buildings reportedly locked down — said four shooting victims were taken there, and three more were expected. She said none of the four already received were in critical condition.
The shooting took place at Azana Day Spa, a two-story, 9,000-square-foot building across from the mall in a middle- to upper-class community west of Milwaukee.
It was the second mass shooting in Wisconsin this year. Wade Michael Page, a 40-year-old Army veteran and white supremacist, killed six people and injured three others before fatally shooting himself Aug. 5 at a Sikh temple south of Milwaukee.
The shooting at the mall took place less than a mile from where seven people were killed and four wounded on March 12, 2005, when a gunman opened fire at a Living Church of God service held at a hotel.
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By John Bacon, USA TODAY
5:04PM EDT October 21. 2012 – Three people were killed and four wounded when a gunman opened fire at a suburban Milwaukee spa Sunday, Brookfield Police Chief Dan Tushaus said.
A manhunt was underway for the suspect, Radcliffe Franklin Haughton, 45. An improvised explosive device was found at the Azana Salon and Spa, Tushaus said.
Police, sheriff’s deputies and a bomb detection team were on the scene, Brookfield Police Lt. John Beth told the Associated Press.
The Journal Sentinel newspaper in Milwuakee said police described the suspect as a dark-skinned man, 6-2 and 210 pounds, wearing a gray sweater and blue jeans and carrying a white and black backpack.
The paper quoted David Gosh of West Allis, who said he saw a woman run out of the spa and then, moments later, a man run out with a handgun, apparently chasing the woman. Gosh said police began streaming to the scene, and the gunman, seeing them, ran back into the building — or perhaps into the woods behind the building.
“He was the shooter,” Gosh told the Journal Sentinel. “He was looking for an escape route.”
Court records showed a temporary restraining order was issued against Haughton in Milwaukee County Circuit Court on Oct. 8 because of a domestic abuse complaint, AP said.
WISN-TV reported that officials described a “mass casualty” situation and that the scene was not secured. The shootings took place around 11 a.m. local time, or noon ET.
WISN said traffic had been redirected away from the spa and nearby Brookfield Square Mall, and armed officers had surrounded the spa.
Milwaukee FBI spokesman Leonard Peace told AP that an FBI SWAT team, hostage negotiators, command staff and victims specialists were helping with the response. But he declined to say how many FBI personnel were involved in all or discuss whether a hostage situation was involved.
Robert Schmidt, spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said it had 10 agents participating.
Beth Strohbusch, a spokeswoman for Froedtert Memorial Hospital, said four shooting victims were taken there, and three more were expected. She said none of the four already received were in critical condition.
WISN said police were asking people in the mall’s parking lot to clear out so officers were setting up operations there. Tactical teams were on the scene, as well as numerous fire, ambulance and police vehicles. A medical helicopter also was on the ground.
The shootings took place less than three months after the mass shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., about 20 miles away. The temple shootings resulted in the death of seven people including the gunman who killed himself.
The spa shootings took place less than a mile from where seven people were killed and four wounded on March 12, 2005, when a gunman opened fire at a Living Church of God service held at a hotel.
This kind of tragic murder will continue until gun laws are changed. This happens way too often in America and around the globe. There are 311 million Americans lives that are threatened daily by over 280 million guns.
Nationwide gun control will happen. It’s just a matter of time.
And a matter of how many of that 311 million Americans will still be alive to see it become law.