Police: 3 Dead in Milwaukee Spa Shooting, Suspect Found Deceased

Police respond to a call of a shooting at the Azana Spa in Brookfield, Wis. Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012. Multiple people were wounded when someone opened fire at the spa near the Brookfield Square Mall. Deputies were still looking for the gunman. (AP)

A man police suspected of killing three and wounding four by opening fire at a tranquil day spa was found dead Sunday afternoon following a six-hour manhunt that locked down a shopping center, country club and hospital in suburban Milwaukee.

Police told WTMJ-TV the shooting occurred around 11 a.m. at the Azana Spa across the street from the Brookfield Square Mall.  Seven people were transported from the scene to area hospitals, four with non-life-threatening injuries.

A bomb squad was on the scene Sunday afternoon dealing with an unknown “device,” slowing the search of the spa considerably.  However, police say the suspect was found inside the spa, having perished of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.


David Gosh told the Journal Sentinel he was returning from duck hunting when he saw a woman run screaming into traffic this morning.

“She ran right out into the street was was pounding on cars,” Gosh said.

Shortly thereafter, Gosh said a large black man with a handgun ran out and seemed to be chasing her. Police were arriving at that point, he said, and the gunman ran either back into the building or into the woods behind the building.

The suspect has been identified as Radcliffe Haughton:

(Photo: Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Dept. via the Huffington Post)

“He was the shooter,” Gosh told the newspaper. “He was looking for an escape route.”

WTMJ reported the shooting stemmed from a domestic conflict between the gunman and one the spa’s hair stylists.  He apparently slashed the woman’s tires two weeks ago, and she was granted a restraining order on October 18.

The Journal Sentinel described him as black, roughly 6-foot-1 and 270 pounds.

The Associated Press has more:

Agents with the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were assisting the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department, according to the Associated Press.

A statement by the White House says the first family is keeping the victims and their families in their thoughts and prayers.  President Obama also offered “whatever resources are necessary” by the federal government to help with the investigation.

​The Associated Press contributed to this report.  Updates will be added.