BROOKFIELD, Wisc (WSAU) Three women were killed and four others were wounded when a gunman opened fire yesterday at a salon where his wife worked in the Milwaukee suburb of Brookfield. 45-year-old Radcliffe Haughton of Brown Deer was found dead in the spa several hours later after he shot himself.
Brookfield Police Chief Daniel Tushaus said the incident appeared to be part of a string of domestic violence incidents. But he could not confirm the motive, and he would not immediately say if Haughton’s wife Zina was one of those killed. Police said Haughton slashed his wife’s car tires on October fourth – and last Thursday, a judge granted a four-year restraining order in which he was supposed to stay away from Zina. He was also ordered not to own a firearm.
The four survivors were ages 22-to-40. A hospital said two had surgery, and one of them was in critical condition at last word – and another victim was to have surgery last night.
Authorities said they’re still talking to witnesses – and they’re still trying to establish a firm time-line of what led to the shootings. They occurred around 11 yesterday morning at the Azana Day Spa, in a two-story building across from the Brookfield Square mall. The police chief said Haughton apparently set a fire, and the building was filled with smoke when the first officers arrived. A one-pound propane tank was found – and that slowed the search for victims, as a bomb squad check out the tank. Officers were not sure if Haughton brought in the tank, or if some contractor left it behind. Brookfield Mayor Steve Ponto called it “a senseless act on the part of one person.” The shootings occurred just a half-mile from where a gunman killed seven people at a hotel church service in 2005. And it comes just 11 weeks after a white supremist killed six people and wounded four others at the Sikh Temple in the Milwaukee suburb of Oak Creek.