Gunman kills 3, self at Wisconsin salon
Reuters and AP
October 23, 2012, 10:57 am TWN
MILWAUKEE/BROOKFIELD, Wisconsin -- A gunman opened fire at the suburban Milwaukee beauty salon where his spouse worked on Sunday, killing three people and wounding four others before taking his own life, police said, two weeks after he was accused of slashing his wife's car tires.
The suspect was identified as 45-year-old Radcliffe Haughton, a resident of Brown Deer, Wisconsin, who had been placed under a restraining order and directed to surrender his firearms to local authorities this month in connection with a domestic abuse case involving his wife.
“We believe this incident was domestic violence-related,” Brookfield Police Chief Daniel Tushaus said at a news conference.
All three of those shot to death at the Azana Salon & Spa were female, Tushaus said. Their ages and identities were not immediately provided, and the police chief would not say whether Haughton's wife, who was a spa employee, was among the victims.
Haughton was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at the crime scene, police said.
The shooting marked the second outburst of gun violence at a U.S. beauty spa in a matter of days. On Thursday, a gunman opened fire at a salon in suburban Orlando, Florida, killing three women and wounding a fourth, his wife, before fleeing and committing suicide at a nearby residence. The suspect in that shooting had likewise been ordered to keep away from his spouse.
The Wisconsin shooting followed an Oct. 4 incident in which Haughton slashed the tires on his wife's car, leading to his arrest on suspicion of vandalism, Tushaus said.
Four days later, his wife was granted a temporary restraining order against Haughton related to domestic abuse in Milwaukee County, Tushaus said. On Oct. 18, a court injunction was issued barring Haughton from possessing firearms, and he was ordered to hand over any weapons he had to the county sheriff.
Milwaukee County authorities were not immediately available for comment.
A police cruiser and two officers stand guard outside the Azana spa in Brookfield, Wisconsin, where a gunman killed three people and shot four others before killing himself on Sunday, Oct. 21. (AP/AFP)