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UPDATE: Brookfield Spa Shooter Takes His Own Life After Killing 3, Injuring 4

Suspect, estranged husband of spa employee, found dead of self-inflicted wound following Sunday morning shooting near Brookfield Square mall.

Brookfield, WI — Four people were killed and four others injured Sunday morning at a mass shooting at the Azana Salon & Spa across the street from the Brookfield Square mall.

Among the dead is the man police say was the shooter, 45-year-old Radcliffe Haughton of Brown Deer. His body was found inside a locked room in the spa, 200 N. Moorland Rd., Brookfield Police Chief Dan Tushaus said.

Also killed was his estranged wife, 42-year-old Zina Haughton of Brown Deer.

Tushaus said Haughton was the only suspect in the shootings.

The Waukesha County Medical Examiner’s Office on Monday afternoon identified the other deceased victims as Cary L. Robuck, 35, of Racine, and Maelyn M. Lind, 38, of Oconomowoc.

On Tuesday, autopsy reports indicated Zina Haughton died from "multiple gunshot wounds," Lind had a gunshot wound to the head and chest and Robuck was shot in the neck. Radcliffe Haughton committed suicide by a gunshot to his head.

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Lind's mother told Patch late Sunday night that her daughter, a spa employee who was working Sunday morning, has four children and one grandson who was born in late August.

Robuck was the mother of two cheerleaders at Racine Horlick High School. Students throughout Racine are all planning to wear purple Monday to support the two students.

Haughton's estranged wife had obtained a four-year restraining order against him on Thursday, after he was arrested for allegedly slashing her car tires in the Azana parking lot on Oct. 4, Tushaus said Sunday night press conference at the Brookfield Public Safety Building. A spa employee earlier Sunday had told Patch the spa also recently had put signs on all but its main door telling employees to keep other doors locked until further notice.

The four injured — all women — were being treated at Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa and are expected to survive, the hospital said. Three had surgery and the other was admitted with injuries that did not require surgery. As of 7 a.m. Monday, the hospital said one was in critical condition and three were in satisfactory condition.

Tushaus said the ages of the injured were 22, 30, 32 and 40.

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He said authorities are still trying to positively identify the deceased inside the salon, other than the shooter, and did not offer any details on them. Brookfield's full-time police social worker was at the hospital, helping the victims and their families.

In addition to the four women rushed to Froedtert, another 10 to 12 employees and customers were rescued from the spa, Tushaus said.

A spa employee told Patch one of the women injured was a front desk employee who was pregnant and believed to be due in January. That woman was shot in the neck or shoulder area, but her injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, the employee said.

Tushaus said police believe Haughton took a taxi to Azana Sunday morning. His car at one point was sought by police, who put out a photo of a 2003 Mazda Protege and license plate when it was unknown if Haughton had fled or was inside the spa. But his car was found outside the city limits, police said.

Complicating the rescue was smoke in the building, coming from a small fire police believe Haughton started in a spa hallway with a flammable liquid. The fire set off the business' sprinkling system. A one-pound propane tank was located near the area of the fire, but it was not known whether the suspect had brought the propane tank or if it had been left behind by contractors recently working in the spa.

"We believe this incident was domestic violence related," Tushaus said.

Haughton was arrested, then released

The couple lived in Brown Deer, and police there arrested Haughton either on Oct. 4 for tire-slashing or the following day for domestic violence criminal damage to property. He was booked and released, with a referral for charges sent to the Waukesha County District Attorney's office. No charges had been filed as of Sunday.

On Oct. 8, a temporary restraining order was issued against Haughton, and on Oct. 11 a copy was delivered to Haughton. All of his weapons were supposed to be turned over to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department as a condition of the order. Haughton was a former Marine, according to multiple reports.

A spa employee who spoke to Patch said Haughton was out of work and his wife had been working every day straight for the past month to bring in money to pay the bills. However, she recently decided to leave him, and that's when the problems started.

"(She) cut my hair recently and she told me she had left her husband," the employee said. "I told her I was sorry she was going through that."

Couple had two children to consider

The couple has two daughters, ages 12 and 21, the Azana employee told Patch. The 21-year-old daughter worked at the salon in a housekeeping position, the employee said.

Brown Deer School Superintendent Deb Kerr said Monday that Tatiana Haughton, Zina Haughton's younger daughter, is a seventh-grader at Brown Deer Middle School and has attended district schools since kindergarten.

Yasmeen Daniel, Haughton's older daughter from a previous relationship, graduated from Brown Deer High School in 2010 after attending district schools since fourth grade, Kerr said.

"I'm not sure that we had been made aware of the restraining order," Kerr said. "Her parents had met with counselors within the past week. But there was nothing that would have made us aware of any major problems."

Kerr described Tatiana as "a delightful child, and very active in our school plays and in choir and orchestra. She was very involved and a part of our school community."

"They were committed students," Kerr said of both Tatiana and Yasmeen.

"I'm very proud of our school crisis team, and the police chief, and how they've handled this," Kerr said. "We were there waiting for our students as they got off the buses."

Kerr said that counseling was available to students at all Brown Deer schools.

"We don't yet if or when Tatiana will return to Brown Deer Middle School," Kerr said. "We'll be ready for it when it comes."

Spa owner issues statement

Several witnesses said a woman fled the spa screaming that her mother had been shot. It was not known Sunday whether that could have been Yasmeen Daniel talking about her mother.

Azana owner Tami Gemmell issued a statement asking for prayers for the victims and their families. "We are devastated by this tragedy and remain in shock over how this could have happened," Gemmell said.

"Please know that our first concern is for the victims and their families, and for our Azana family. We are grieving over the loss of our colleagues, their families and we are praying for those who are still fighting for their survival."

Bomb squad called to scene

The incident happened about 11 a.m. right as the salon opened and the call came in at 11:09 a.m., Tushaus said. There were at least 15 ambulances on the scene from multiple jurisdictions as far west as Delafield, in addition to the Flight For Life helicopters. Moorland Road, which runs along Brookfield Square  mall, was closed.

Tactical units entered the spa and police initially believed there was an improvised explosive device (IED) inside the building, which complicated the process of clearing the spa. Just before 3:30 p.m, police began carrying furniture out of the spa. Individuals were being allowed to go to their cars unescorted in the east parking lot of Brookfield Square, facing the spa.

It turned out that a propane tank left in the building was not an IED, and police said it was unclear Sunday whether it had been left by Haughton or by construction crews doing work in the building.

A bomb squad robot was moving toward Haughton's Brown Deer home just after 4 p.m. and authorites remained on the scene as of 5 p.m. Brown Deer Police Chief Steven Rinzel told JSOnline.com that no explosives were found.

For much of the day, authorities did not know the whereabouts of Haughton. As a result, both Froedtert Hospital and nearby Children's Hospital were put on lockdown. By 4:30 p.m., however, both hospitals were allowing patients and employees to come and go.

Obama, Walker react

President Barack Obama was informed of the salon shooting by his advisor for Homeland Security, John Brennan. He also received a follow-up briefing from FBI Director Bob Mueller and Chief of Staff Jack Lew.

Obama was told the shooting did not appear to be terrorism-related, and he  instructed the FBI to ensure that the state and local officials had the full support of the federal government, according to a statement from the White House.

The president and first lady also indicated their thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the shooting and their families.

The same sentiments were echoed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

"(First Lady) Tonette and I send our thoughts and prayers to the victims.," the governor said in a statement. "Senseless acts of violence leave us with heavy hearts and many questions.  Our state will stand with the victims and their families, and we will provide them with the law enforcement and community support they need to heal in the coming days."

Brookfield mayor in church when notified

Brookfield Mayor Steve Ponto told Patch on Sunday evening: "All of us are relieved that the matter has been brought to a resolution."

"It's a tragic thing," he added. "With something like this, it's a bizarre instance and you can't really prevent it, but you can be prepared for it, and I think we were prepared for it. I really appreciate the level of cooperation that we’ve gotten from police of neighboring communities, Milwaukee county and city and the FBI."

Ponto and his wife were attending church services when he started getting phone messages from his two daughters. He ignored them, assuming they were calling about their plans to meet for lunch in Milwaukee's Third Ward. Once he got outside after church had ended, he checked his messages and learned abou the shooting.

Then began a flurry of contacts with Chief Tushaus and Assistant Chief Dean Collins who told Ponto to meet as planned for lunch before heading to a press conference in Brookfield.

"The waitress brought me the (television) remote so that I could turn up the volume whenever there was an update," the mayor said. He said even before Sunday's tragedy, the Brookfield Police Department has been preparing to hold "a special seminar... talking about security of religious facilities. We just want to be proactive and prepared for these kinds of things but sadly you can’t prevent them."

Brookfield has the second Sikh temple in the Milwaukee area — the Oak Creek one was the site of a shooting rampage just 11 weeks ago. Brookfield also has approved construction of a mosque, although a planned fall groundbreaking may not occur until March, a leader told Patch Satuday.

On Aug. 5, Wade Michael Page opened fire at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, killing six people and injuring four more, including Oak Creek police Lt. Brian Murphy. Family members of the victims from that shooting were on the scene, consoling victims, according to published reports. There also was a candlelight vigil in the memory of the victims held Sunday night at the temple.

The Brookfield Police Department is familiar with mass shooting incidents. In 2005, Terry Ratzmann opened fire during a Living Church of God worship service at the Sheraton Hotel, killing seven before turning the gun on himself. That hotel is just almost directly across the street from Azana Spa.

Domestic abuse victims urged to call hotline

The Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence said Sunday's mass shooting underscores the need for greater resources to combat domestic violence.

"This display of horrendous violence in a public place should call all of our attention to the violence and terror that many in Wisconsin live with behind closed doors every day — and to the need to address domestic violence," said Patti Seger, executive director of the WCADV.

"At the state and community-level, we must dedicate resources and resolve that matches the courage of victims," she said.

She urged anyone suffering from domestic violence to get help by calling the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1−800−799−SAFE). "They do not have to face abuse, fear and anxiety alone," Seger said.

Patch editors Jim Price, Mark Maley and Matthew Schroeder contributed to this report.

Benedons, Inc October 22, 2012 at 10:00 PM
spoons made me fat. As a gun owner and concealed carrier for decades, WITHOUT INCIDENT, it is my humble opinion that making weapons illegal is the wrong road. It's the person, not the gun. What worries me as much as this, are the people who think they'll get a gun to protect themselves and/or others, and have ZERO training.
Nancy Hall October 22, 2012 at 10:13 PM
According to reports, the police found a propane tank and the remains of a fire on the premises, suggesting that the man planned to blow the place up. No amount of empowerment with self defense or firearms training would be protection against a fiery explosion. What really needs to happen is that the courts and law enforcement agencies need to start taking domestic violence more seriously than is presently the case. Restraining orders are a good start, but they're not granted automatically and they're worthless unless they're enforced. My own experience with a restraining order, which was violated repeatedly, was that enforcement was spotty and appeared to depend on the bias of the police officer answering the call. When the police finally did arrest my abuser for violating the order; the case was thrown out because there were occasions, unrelated to the arrest, when I had driven our minor children to a public place to meet him for court ordered visitation. I noticed, in my own case, that the police officers who were most helpful were the ones who seemed to know the most about the laws and about the dynamics of domestic violence. I think that better training for the police and more teeth for domestic violence laws would be more effective than leaving women to fend for themselves, whether trained or not.
Conservative in Greendale October 23, 2012 at 02:33 AM
nicely said, I "stole" it and posted to FB
Nancy Hall October 25, 2012 at 02:42 AM
The word "infringe" doesn't mean that there can't be regulation. The 2nd Amendment also talks about well regulated (there's that word..."regulated") militias. Maybe that means that the only people who are members of militias should have guns.
CLB45 October 25, 2012 at 11:37 AM
Nancy Hall, Here's the definition of infringe. "Act so as to limit or undermine (something.)" That's what it means, the Founding Fathers were quite literate. Notice the word LIMIT? And as far as the Militia goes, it has been understood for over 200 years that the Bill of Rights were written as "Individual" Rights. But here is a definition of Militia, just so you will understand. "I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for a few public officials." George Mason (3 Elliot, Debates at 425-426) "The militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves, ... all men capable of bearing arms;..." -- Richard Henry Lee writing in "Letters from the Federal Farmer to the Republic", 1788, page 169. "Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom? Congress shall have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American ... The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the People." -- Tench Coxe - 1788.

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