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Wisconsin Shooting earlier today; three dead, four wounded; shooter committed suicide (would count as four dead)


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CTVNews.ca Staff

Published Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 3:33PM EDT

Last Updated Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 10:52PM EDT

The suspect in Sunday’s fatal shooting at a suburban Milwaukee spa had slashed his wife’s car tires two weeks before, police said.

Brookfield Police Chief Dan Tushaus told reporters Sunday evening that the lone suspect in the case, Radcliffe Franklin Haughton, 45, of Brown Deer, Wisc., was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside the spa.

Tushaus also said Haughton’s wife worked at the spa. The identities of the victims have yet to be revealed, although the three dead and four wounded were all women.

According to police, a gunman entered the Azana Day Spa in suburban Brookfield around 11 a.m. Sunday and opened fire.

One witness said he saw a woman run from the spa. “She was bleeding from the neck, with a paper towel over her neck,” Joe Brent told reporters.

Another witness reported seeing a woman crawl out the spa’s front door. She was “scooped up” by police, the witness said, and taken away in an ambulance.

Hours after the shooting, investigators released a photograph of Haughton, identifying him as their lone suspect. Police launched an intensive, hours-long search for Haughton after initially believing he had left the spa.

During the search, a nearby two-storey shopping mall, a country club next to the spa, Froedtert Memorial Hospital and other buildings were put under lock down.

A spokesperson for the hospital told The Associated Press that all four wounded victims were taken to the facility. The hospital released a statement later Sunday evening saying two women had undergone surgery. Another survivor was scheduled for surgery on Sunday night.

Police later said the survivors ranged in age from 22 to 40.

Police said they believe the shooting was related to a domestic dispute. Online court records showed that a temporary restraining order had been issued against Haughton on Oct. 8 after a domestic abuse complaint, AP reported.

Haughton was in court last Thursday, at which time he was put under a no-contact order. He was also ordered to turn over any guns in his possession to the sheriff’s department.

Haughton’s father, Radcliffe Haughton, Sr., told AP that he had last talked to his son a few days ago, but did not get the impression that anything was wrong.

The elder Haughton said his son was married, but the court records did not name the complainant.

During a news conference Sunday evening, Mayor Steve Ponto called the shooting “a senseless act on the part of one person.”

Tushaus had said earlier Sunday that police found an improvised explosive device at the spa, which initially hampered their investigation. A bomb squad was at the scene, as well as investigators with the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. But police confirmed Sunday evening that what they found was not an IED.

The shooting is the second such incident in Wisconsin this year. On Aug. 5, a 40-year-old Army veteran opened fire at a Sikh temple south of Milwaukee. Wade Michael Page shot and killed six people and wounded three others before turning his gun on himself.

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