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Suspect in deadly Wisconsin spa shootings found dead

5:04 PM, Oct 21, 2012   |    comments
  • Radcliffe Franklin Haughton, 45, of Brown Deer, Wis. (Photo: Brookfield Police Dept, AP)
  • A screen shot from WISN television station in Milwaukee shows emergency equipment in the parking lot of Brookfield Square Mall in Brookfield, Wis.(Photo: WISN TV)
  • Spectators and media look toward the Azana Spa as police and swat team members respond to a call of a shooting in Brookfield, Wis., on Sunday.(Photo: Tom Lynn, AP)
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by John Bacon, USA TODAY

Three people were killed and four wounded when a gunman opened fire at a suburban Milwaukee spa Sunday, Brookfield Police Chief Dan Tushaus said.

The suspect, Radcliffe Franklin Haughton, 45, was found dead hours later, Waukesha County
dispatch supervisor Christine Bannister told the Associated Press.

Police, sheriff's deputies and a bomb detection team were on the scene at Azana Salon and Spa, where what appeared to be an improvised explosive device was found, Tushaus said.

The Journal Sentinel newspaper in Milwaukee said police described the suspect as a dark-skinned man, 6-2 and 210 pounds, wearing a gray sweater and blue jeans and carrying a white and black backpack.

The paper quoted David Gosh, of West Allis, who said he saw a woman run out of the spa and then, moments later, a man run out with a handgun, apparently chasing the woman. Gosh said police began streaming to the scene, and the gunman, seeing them, ran back into the building -- or perhaps into the woods behind the building.

"He was the shooter," Gosh told the Journal Sentinel. "He was looking for an escape route."

Court records showed a temporary restraining order was issued against Haughton in Milwaukee County Circuit Court on Oct. 8 because of a domestic abuse complaint, AP said.

Haughton's father, Radcliffe Haughton Sr., of Florida, had told AP he wanted his son to turn himself in. He said he last spoke to his son a few days ago and that there was no indication anything was wrong.

Beth Strohbusch, a spokeswoman for Froedtert Memorial Hospital, said four shooting victims were taken there, none in critical condition.

The shootings took place around 11 a.m. local time, or noon ET. WISN-TV said traffic had been redirected away from the spa and nearby Brookfield Square Mall, and armed officers had surrounded the spa.

Milwaukee FBI spokesman Leonard Peace told AP that an FBI SWAT team, hostage negotiators, command staff and victims specialists were helping with the response.

Robert Schmidt, spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said 10 ATF agents were aiding the effort.

WISN said police asked people in the mall's parking lot to clear out, so officers could set up operations there. Tactical teams were on the scene, as well as numerous fire, ambulance and police vehicles. A medical helicopter was on the ground.

The shootings took place less than three months after the mass shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., about 20 miles away. The temple shootings resulted in the death of seven people, including the gunman who killed himself.

The spa shootings 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.


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