Froedtert officials: Four female victims treated for gunshot wounds
WAUWATOSA — Police say three were killed and four were injured in a shooting incident early Sunday afternoon, October 21st at the Azana Salon & Spa across the street from the Brookfield Square Mall. Froedtert Hospital officials have released some details on those injured in the shooting in a statement to FOX6 News.
Three victims were found dead inside the Azana Salon & Spa building, along with the gunman – 45-year-old Radcliffe Haughton, who was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Froedtert officials say all four individuals taken to the hospital for treatment are females who suffered gunshot wounds.
Brookfield police said Sunday evening, the injured victims transported to the hospital include a 22-year-old female, a 30-year-old female, a 32-year-old female and a 40-year-old female.
Two of these gunshot victims underwent surgery. One had an emergency operation Sunday afternoon and is listed in critical condition. Another had a short operation Sunday afternoon, and is listed in satisfactory condition.
A third patient is expected to have surgery later Sunday, and is listed in satisfactory condition.
A fourth patient did not require surgery and is listed in satisfactory condition.
Dr. Gary Seabrook — the head of surgical services at Froedtert told the media during a press conference Sunday evening his staff acted “heroically” compounded by fear the gunman may have been in the hospital.
In a statement, Froedtert officials said: “We mobilized the appropriate physicians, nurses and operating room personnel to care for the victims. This is consistent with many drills we run to be prepared for mass casualty situations as a Level 1 Trauma Center. We were fully prepared to handle this situation with staff currently in the hospital. No additional staff were called in.”
Froedtert Hospital was placed on lockdown, as of 1:45 p.m. — with no one allowed to enter or exit the hospital, and movement within the hospital forbidden. Froedtert’s lockdown was lifted just before 4:30 p.m. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin was also placed on lockdown, but shortly before 4:00 p.m. Sunday that lockdown was lifted.
Officials placed the hospitals under lockdown for portions of the afternoon because the location of the shooter was unknown, and officials feared he may show up at the hospital to finish the job. Froedtert officials said the lockdown was strictly a precautionary measure. Hospital security, Wauwatosa police and Milwaukee County Sheriff’s officials patrolled hospital grounds.
Froedtert officials say they perform drills to prepare for lockdowns, but it is a rare situation. Some hospital workers told FOX6 News off camera they thought Sunday’s events were a drill.
Police located Haughton’s vehicle — a 2003 Mazda Protege (not in Brookfield — though the location has not been indicated). It wasn’t until a few hours later until Haughton’s body was found inside the Azana Salon & Spa building. Police said Haughton took a cab to the salon.
Police said Sunday night their investigation at the Azana Salon & Spa building is in its infancy. They continue to scour the 9,000 square foot facility as their investigation continues.
Police have said police social workers and mental health professionals are working with victims and their families.
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