BROOKFIELD (WKOW) -- Brookfield police said again Sunday night that people in their community should feel safe and that the sole suspect in the shooting at Azana Day Spa was dead.
Police say their found the suspect, 45-year-old Radcliffe Haughton, as they did their search of the 9,000-square-foot salon. The think he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"And we methodically did a search of that building. And we were expecting to encounter the suspect," said Brookfield Police Chief Daniel Tushaus. "Again, that's what took so long for us to get into that building and verify he was still in there. and we were expecting an armed encounter."
Police say Haughton shot seven women at the salon before shooting himself. Three were killed and four are in the hospital with injuries ranging from critical to minor.
The shootings set off a confusing, six-hour search for the gunman that locked down a nearby mall, a country club adjacent to the spa and the hospital where the survivors were taken.
Authorities said it would take time to sort out exactly what happened, and emphasized they were still interviewing witnesses and rescuers and did not have a firm timeline of events.
At a news conference Sunday night, Mayor Steve Ponto called the shootings "a senseless act on the part of one person."
Police say the first calls came around 11:00 a.m. from the salon area, which is on Moorland Road across the street from Brookfield Square Mall.
"We saw some woman crawling out of the front door, and roll down the hill, and the cop had scooped her up and taken her right over to the ambulance, and we then we heard a lot of shrieking," one eyewitness told television cameras.
"We had police officers come in and telling everybody to get
out," said Joe Brent, another eyewitness. "And when we were getting out, I went to my car. I saw a girl coming out from the salon. And she was bleeding from the neck with a paper towel over her neck. And she was very hurt and she had to get escorted by the police officer because she couldn't walk."
During a 6:30 p.m. Sunday briefing, police said this looked like a domestic incident, revealing this is not the first time they had a been called to Azana regarding Haughton.
Authorities say his estranged wife was an employee at the salon and that Haughton was accused of slashing her car tires outside Azana on October 4th.
"October 8, the victim in that matter sought a temporary restraining order and received it," said Chief Tushaus. "On October 11, the suspect was served with that order and on October 18, a four-year restraining order was issued by Milwaukee County Court."
Chief Tushaus says the restraining order forbid Haughton from contacting his wife and from carrying a gun. Police could not confirm Sunday night if the wife was among the shooting victims.
Police say when officers arrived at the scene, they found a one-pound propane tank they initially thought might be an improvised explosive device. Chief Tushaus said later that police didn't know whether the gunman brought the propane tank to the spa or it was left by a contractor.
Police say investigators are still working to identify the victims and didn't know if they were employees at the spa or customers, but all were women.
When Haughton appeared in court on Thursday and the four-year restraining order was issued, he was ordered to turn any firearms over to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office.
The hospital where the four surviving shooting victims were taken released a statement Sunday evening, saying two women had undergone surgery, and one was in critical condition. Another was expected to have surgery later Sunday night.
It was the second mass shooting in Wisconsin this year. Wade Michael Page, a 40-year-old Army veteran and white supremacist, killed six people and injured three others before fatally shooting himself August 5 at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, roughly 25 miles from Brookfield.
And the shooting at the salon took place less than a mile from where seven people were killed and four wounded on March 12, 2005, when a gunman opened fire at a Living Church of God service held at a hotel.
BROOKFIELD (WKOW) -- Brookfield police confirm that 45-year-old Radcliffe Haughton died by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Authorities said four victims were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and three are confirmed dead.
Brown Deer Police Department said the home of Haughton is secure and they are continuing their sweep for explosive devices.
Authorities said the hospitals are no longer on lock down and are back to normal.
BROOKFIELD (WKOW) -- Multiple sources report that the Brookfield spa shooter was found dead inside the spa.
BROOKFILED (WKOW) -- Brookfield Police Chief Daniel Tushaus says three of the seven reported victims in a Sunday morning shooting are dead.
He also said authorities have found the suspect's car, but that Radcliffe Haughton is still at large.
Part of the Azana Day Spa in Brookfiled where the shooting occurred has not been cleared, due to the presence of a possible explosive device. A bomb squad is at the scene.
A large group of police and emergency vehicles remain in the Brown Deer neighborhood where Haughton lives.
BROOKFIELD (WKOW) -- Multiple sources are reporting the suspected shooter is Radcliffe Haughton, a 45-year-old Brown Deer man.
He may have been driving a 2003 black Mazda Protege with license plate No. 171-KZD.
As of 2:55 p.m. Sunday, a large number of police cars have gathered in a Brown Deer neighborhood.
BROOKFIELD (WKOW) – A mass shooting took place around 11:15 a.m. on Sunday near the Azana Day Spa in Brookfield.
Officials said this is a mass shooting situation and that the scene remains unsecured and the subject is at large.
Many roads in the area are blocked off and traffic is being rerouted. Moorland Road between Bluemound Road and the Interstate 94 ramps is closed.
Businesses near the Azana Day Spa are on lock down, including the Brookfield Square Mall and Westmoor Country Club.
Our sister station WISN-TV 12 is reporting that an official with Froedtert Hospital said it has received four victims so far. All of them had non-critical gunshot injuries. The hospital is expecting three more victims. The conditions of those three are not known.
Flight for Life is on scene along with many emergency personnel.
WISN-TV 12 reports that witnesses described people crying near the Azana Spa, which is near the mall.
BROOKFIELD (WKOW) -- Emergency crews are responding to a mass shooting near Azana Day Spa in Brookfield Sunday afternoon.
According to Froedtert Hospital, they have treated four victims with non-critical injuries and three victims are still on the way.
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BROOKFIELD (WKOW) – Reports of a mass shooting near Azana Day Spa Sunday afternoon.
Authorities believe it is a mass shooting situation and have alerted area hospitals to handle multiple shooting victims.
Authorities report that they are looking for the subject.
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