3 killed in shooting near suburban Milwaukee mall
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS October 21, 2012 4:08PM
Updated: November 23, 2012 6:18AM
BROOKFIELD, Wis. — Police in Wisconsin say three people have been killed and four wounded in a shooting at a spa outside of Milwaukee and police are looking for the shooter.
Brookfield Police Chief Dan Tushaus says the shooting happened about 11 a.m. at the Azana Day Spa. He says an improvised explosive device has been found at the spa and a bomb squad is investigating.
Police have identified the suspect in the shooting as 45-year-old Radcliffe Franklin Haughton, of Brown Deer. Tushaus says officers have found Haughton’s vehicle, but not him.
Brookfield Police Lt. John Beth said at a news conference Sunday afternoon that Haughton is still at-large and police need the public’s help in tracking him down.
Froedtert Hospital was put on a “precautionary” lockdown Sunday afternoon, according to the hospital’s website, which said only critically injured patients will be accpected with a police escort.
A spokeswoman for a local hospital has said four people were being treated there, none in critical condition.
Local media reported the attack involved a domestic dispute.
Paul Moll, 64, was having lunch with his wife at the Red Robin Restaurant at the Brookfield Square Mall when he saw at least 30 police vehicle surround the Azana Salon & Spa across the street about 11:15 a.m.
The tactical unit officers stood behind the police vehicles with their guns drawn and pointed at the spa, Moll said.
About 15 minutes later, Moll said he saw spa employees running out the pack of the business to a nearby McDonalds. Officers then entered the spa and brought out a woman in a chair and quickly put her in the back of a police car.
David Gosh of West Allis, his father John, and a friend, Ben Luedke, saw a woman run out into Moorland Road traffic screaming, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
“She ran right out into the street was pounding on cars,” the Journal quoted Gosh as saying.
A large African-American man with a handgun then ran out and appeared to be chasing the girl, but when police showed up the gunman ran back inside, the Journal reported the witnesses said.
The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department said deputies were looking for an active shooter but did not provide any other information.
WTMJ reported that 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. He was seen driving a 2003 Mazda Protégé with license number 171-KZD.
Milwaukee FBI spokesman Leonard Peace said its SWAT team, hostage negotiators, command staff and victims specialists were helping with the response. But he declined to say how many FBI personnel were involved in all or provide details on what had happened.
Beth Strohbusch, a spokeswoman for Froedtert Memorial Hospital, said four shooting victims were taken there, and three more were expected. She said none of the four already received was in critical condition. All are adults, authorities said.
WISN-TV reported police were asking people in the mall’s parking lot to clear out, because they had set up operations there.
Tactical teams were on the scene, along with at least 20 fire, ambulance and police vehicles. A medical helicopter was on the ground.
The shooting took place at Azana Day Spa, a two-story, 9,000-square-foot building across from the mall in a middle- to upper-class community west of Milwaukee.
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 Aug. 5 at a Sikh temple south of Milwaukee.
The shooting at the mall 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.
Contributing: Staff Reporters Michael Lansu and Jon Seidel