Salon Shooting Leaves 4 Dead in Milwaukee Suburb

The suspect, an estranged husband of a spa employee, was found dead of a self-inflicted wound following Sunday morning's shooting near mall at a Milwaukee suburb. The tragedy is painfully similar to the Seal Beach shooting.

Brookfield, WI - A shooting at a salon in suburban Milwaukee on Sunday evoked memories of a similar tragedy in Seal Beach.

Four people were killed and four others injured Sunday morning at a mass shooting at the Azana Spa across the street from the Brookfield Square mall. Among the dead is the man believed to be the shooter, 45-year-old Radcliffe Haughton of Brown Deer. His body was later found inside the spa, 200 N. Moorland Rd., according to Brookfield Police Chief Dan Tushaus.

Tushaus said Haughton was the only suspect in the shootings.

No information has been released on victims. The four who were injured were taken to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa, where a spokeswoman said their injuries were not life threatening. A spa employee said one of the victims was a front desk employee who was pregnant. That women was shot in the neck, but her injuries were not believed to be life threatening, the employee said.

The employee told Patch that Haughton was the estranged husband of a hair stylist at the business. She said the hair stylist recently left Haughton and had been having trouble with him since then.

On Oct. 8, a temporary restraining order was issued againt Haughton. All of his weapons were supposed to be turned over to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department as a condition of the restraining order. Haughton was a former Marine, according to multiple reports.

The employee who spoke to Patch said Haughton was out of work and his wife had been working every day to bring in money to pay the bills. However, she recently decided to leave him, and that's when the problems started.

The couple has two daughters, ages 12 and 21, the Azana employee told Patch.

Eight people were killed at Salon Merutage in Seal Beach last year when the ex-husband of one the salon employees opened fire, according to police. The Seal Beach community paid tribute to the memory of the victims this month, nearly one year after the shooting. The alleged shooter, Scott Evans Dekraai still awaits trial. Paul Wislon, husband of Salon Meritage shooting victim Christy Wilson, is attempting to pass Christy's Law, a law that aims to bar people in the process of a divorce or child custody dispute to obtain guns while also creating a process for authorities to temporarily confiscate guns during the course of a divorce and custody dispute.

- Staff Reporter Paige Austin contributed to this report.


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