Azana Salon and Spa owner heartbroken over deadly shooting
BROOKFIELD- For the first time, Azana Salon and Spa owner Tami Gemmell is speaking out about Sunday's deadly shooting.
In a prepared statement Tuesday afternoon, Gemmell thanked the community for their prayers and support in this trying time.
"Our hearts are broken (pauses) over the loss of our colleagues," said a tearful Tami Gemmell. "They were heroic in their actions and protected each other until the end."
Police say 45-year-old Radcliffe F. Haughton stormed into the spa in Brookfield on Sunday, carrying a .40 caliber handgun.
He opened fire, killing three Azana stylists: Cary Robuck, Maelyn Lind, and the wife of the gunman, Zina Haughton.
"Cary (Robuck) was the biggest sweetheart. She lived for her daughter and her family," explained Gemmell.
"Maelyn (Lind) was an amazing mom and a brand new grandmother. She was always cheerful and always smiling," said Gemmell.
"Zina (Haughton) was one of the hardest workers I've ever known," said Gemmell. "She loved doing hair and she gave her heart and soul to every client."
Four others were wounded in the shooting, and Radcliffe Haughton died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.