Salon shooting

Young girl says gunman's daughter was crying, screaming during Brookfield shooting

CREATED Oct 23, 2012 - UPDATED: Oct 23, 2012

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BROOKFIELD- A young girl was one of the first to find out about what happened inside the Azana Spa and Salon on Sunday.

12-year-old Mia Schlidt was in the Barnes and Noble at Brookfield Square Mall when Radcliffe Haughton's daughter showed up all of the sudden, shouting about what her father had done.

"I saw this girl run in and was screaming that her stepdad shot her mom and sister," explains Mia Schlidt.  "It seemed like she was panicked and she was loud and crying."

Mia tells TODAY'S TMJ4's Annie Scholz even the adults around her didn't know what to make of it.

"Everyone was staring and stopping and wondering what was happening."

So Mia called her mother, Leslie.

"She called me and said they're not letting anybody out of the east side and it was at that point I knew this was not a drill and something was wrong," says Leslie Schlidt.

Leslie says the scene was surreal, with what she described as military trucks and armed officers all around.

She says she let Mia shop by herself because the mall is usually very safe.  Mia says the shooter's daughter was on the phone for a while in the bookstore.  She's not sure who was on the other end, but by that time, Mia was just trying to get to her own family.