Salon shooting

Gunman, 3 women dead; 4 others hurt in shooting near Brookfield Square

CREATED Oct 21, 2012 - UPDATED: Oct 21, 2012

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Key elements of story:

- Three women were killed, while another four women are injured following a shooting at the Azana Salon and Spa near Brookfield Mall that started around 11:09 a.m. Sunday.

- The four women injured were taken to Froedtert Hospital and are expected to survive.  For a few hours Sunday, Froedtert Hospital was put on lockdown.

 - Brookfield Police Chief Daniel Tushaus says the gunman, 45-year-old Radcliffe Haughton, is dead.  Tushaus believes Haughton died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

 - Authorities believe the shooting stemmed from a domestic dispute.  Police say Radcliffe Haughton's wife had filed a restraining order against the gunman.  Sources tell TODAY'S TMJ4 the gunman's wife, Zina Haughton, is among the three killed in the shooting.

Police haven't identified anyone killed or wounded by the gunman during the shooting rampage.

6:46 p.m.

Brookfield Police Chief Daniel Tushaus says all three people killed in the shooting are women.  The three women along with the gunman were found dead inside the salon.  Tushaus wasn't able to confirm the identify of those three women.  TODAY'S TMJ4 reports that the gunman's wife, Zina Haughton, is among the dead.

Brookfield Fire Chief Charlie Myers says they transported four women, aged: 22, 30, 32 and 40 to Froedtert Hospital for gunshot wounds.  Hospital officials say those four women are expected to survive.

Brookfield police believe the gunman took his own his own life.  

Tushaus says the reason it took so long to determine that the gunman died was because the salon was filled with smoke when they arrived, and authorities expected an armed encounter with the suspect.  Tushaus says authorities think the suspect also started a small fire in a hallway.

Tushaus says that it is believed that the shooting stemmed from a domestic violence incident.  He says that on October 4, 2012 there was an incident involving the suspect and his wife at the salon.  Witnesses say the suspect slashed the tires of his wife's vehicle.  On October 8, the suspect's wife requested and received a temporary restraining order against the suspect.  On October 11, the suspect was served with the restraining order.  On October 18, a Milwaukee County court issued a four-year restraining order against the suspect.

The Milwaukee County Bomb Squad was called to the salon following a report of an IED.  The device turned out to be a one-pound propane tank.  It is unclear who left the propane tank in the building.

6:41 p.m.
"Today's action was a senseless act on the part of one person," says Brookfield Mayor Steven Ponto.  "I have great confidence in our protective services, and that confidence was confirmed today."
6:24 p.m.

Froedtert Hospital officials say the four women injured in the shooting are expected to survive.  Hospital officials say: Two of the women are undergoing treatment in the emergency department for non-life-threatening conditions; two underwent surgery.

6:08 p.m.

TODAY'S TMJ4 has confirmed that the gunman's wife, Zina Haughton, is one of the three people killed in the rampage.  TODAY'S TMJ4 has also confirmed that Zina Haughton filed a restraining order against Radcliffe Haughton.

5:32 p.m.

Brown Deer Police Chief Steven Rinzel says the gunman's home in Brown Deer has been secured.  He also says that Haughton had been arrested by the Brown Deer Police Department for disorderly conduct.

4:59 p.m.

Froedtert Hospital officials say the four other people wounded in the shooting are all female, according to a news release.

Hospital officials say: Two are undergoing treatment in the emergency department for non-life-threatening conditions; two underwent surgery.

4:56 p.m

The Journal Sentinel is citing sources that say the gunman, 45-year-old Radcliffe Haughton, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

4:30 p.m.

Two sources tell TODAY'S TMJ4 that the suspect, 45-year-old Radcliffe Haughton, is dead.

The Journal Sentinel reports that a bomb squad robot is in front of the suspect's home in Brown Deer.

4:27 p.m.

A side note to the story: Hailey Roser, a four year old cancer patient at the Milwaukee County Medical Complex, was supposed to see Justin Bieber at the BMO Harris Bradley Center tonight.

Then, after the shootings, the complex went on lockdown.  But she was able to meet her music idol.

4:25 p.m.

Froedtert Hospital was on lockdown around 1 Sunday afternoon.  At 4:25 p.m., following a sweep of the hospital by sheriff staff, the lockdown was lifted -- according to a news release.

3:44 p.m

TODAY'S TMJ4's Charles Benson reports several federal, county and city officials are on the scene of the shooting.

3:35 p.m

Brookfield Police Chief Daniel Tushaus says three people are dead while seven people were shot at the Azana Salon and Spa near Brookfield Mall Sunday morning.  The other four people shot have been hospitalized.  Tushaus didn't identify any of the victims.

"Our entire operation is focused on locating the suspect," said Tushaus during a press conference Sunday afternoon.

Tushaus says the Milwaukee County Bomb Squad is in the process of clearing the Azana Salon and Spa.  Tushaus believes authorities have identified an IED during that sweep of the building.

Tushaus says they will be updating the media at 4:30 p.m. Sunday on the shooting.

3:31 p.m.

The Journal Sentinel reports that sources indicate that two people are dead in the shooting. 

3:14 p.m.

Authorities are asking people in the 6600 block of W. Glenbrook Road in Brown Deer, the street where 45-year-old Radcliffe Haughton lives, if they know where Haughton is right now.

3:08 p.m.

TODAY'S TMJ4's Annie Scholz reports that officials at Froedtert Hospital are going floor-by-floor showing people a photo of the suspect to see if anyone has seen him.

Meanwhile, Annie says that hospital officials are only taking critical patients with a police escort at this time.

3:02 p.m.

TODAY'S TMJ4's Charles Benson reports that the Milwaukee County Bomb Squad is now on the scene.  They are trying to handle a "device" at the Azana Salon and Spa.

2:46 p.m.

TODAY'S TMJ4's Susan Kim says the Azana Salon and Spa owner Tammi Gemmell wasn't in country at time of the shooting today.  The owner didn't have a statement at this time. but was "distraught" on phone when Kim talked to her.  The owner is heading to Froedtert Hospital to check in on the victims.  The owner is asking for the public's prayers and thoughts.

2:39 p.m

The Journal Sentinel is reporting that the suspect's car: black Mazda license 171-KZD is no longer being sought and not believed to be part of the shooting.

2:33 p.m

Anyone with information about the shooting or shooter should call 262-787-3701. Authorities can't confirm suspect or suspect's location at this time

2:31 p.m

TODAY'S TMJ4 anchor Susan Kim says sources tell her that one of the possible victims, a 30-year-old woman, was apparently shot "three to five times."

Kim says the Azana Salon and Spa is a "close nit work place," and that maybe 40-50 people work there. 

2:12 p.m.

TODAY'S TMJ4 is reporting that 45-year-old Radcliffe Haughton from Brown Deer is sought for the shooting in Brookfield.  Authorities are looking for a 2003 Mazda Protege with license plate: 171-KZD. 

1:56 p.m.

 10 ATF agents are on the crime scene right now. 

We are receiving reports that Froedtert Hospital is on lockdown while Brookfield Square Mall is closed.

1:50 p.m.

We have reports that authorities are looking for a 2003 Mazda Protege with license plate: 171-KZD.  The latest information has the suspect listed at 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing around 210 pounds.  He was reportedly seen wearing a grey sweater with blue jeans, carrying a white and black backpack.

1:41 p.m.
Authorities have retracted an earlier statement, saying that the suspected shooter is not African-American, but is "ethnic with dark skin."

The suspected shooter is also more than 200 lbs, but may not be as heavy-set as authorities said earlier.

1:29 p.m.
Journal Sentinel reports a woman ran out of salon earlier today, pounding on cars and crying out for help while the shooter chased her.

1:14 p.m.
Officials at Brookfield Square have shut down the mall after a shooting this morning.

1:01 p.m.
Seven people have been transported from the scene of the shooting to area hospitals including Froedtert Hospital.  Four people were said to have non-life-threatening injuries.  The other three people are in unknown condition.

12:37 p.m.
Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Jodi Becker is on scene.  She reports that authorities are searching for a 6'1", 270 lb. with a bald head and brown eyes. 

He was reportedly driving a black 2003 Mazda.  Authorities believe he may be from Brown Deer.

She says Flight for Life has also gone to the scene to assist the injured.

12:32 p.m.
Here's what we have so far:

Brookfield Police say they are looking for a suspect after shootings at a hair salon near Brookfield Square Mall Sunday morning.

The incident occurred at around 11:00 a.m.

Multiple witnesses tell him and our news team that the shootings happened either at or near the Azana Salon and Spa, across Moorland Road from the mall.

A number of stores have gone on lockdown inside Brookfield Square.

TODAY'S TMJ4's Todd Hicks was first on scene.  He reports that ambulances have gone to the scene while SWAT Team members were searching for a shooter.

Check back for more details on this breaking story as they come in to us, and catch TODAY'S TMJ4 for the latest.