BROWN DEER — Investigators cordoned off the Brown Deer home of 45-year-old Radcliffe Haughton on Sunday afternoon, October 21st. Haughton is the gunman in the shooting at the Azana Salon & Spa early Sunday afternoon. He was found dead Sunday evening inside the salon building.
Three were killed and four were injured in the shooting that occurred around 11:00 a.m. Sunday. Brookfield Police Chief Dan Tushaus said late 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. Three victims were found dead inside the Azana Salon & Spa building, along with Haughton.
Officials located Haughton’s vehicle — a 2003 black Mazda Protege earlier Sunday afternoon, but had not located Haughton for much of the afternoon. Police say Haughton took a cab to the salon. Brookfield Police Chief Dan Tushaus said the process of clearing the Azana Salon & Spa building was hampered after an IED, or improvised explosive device was found inside the salon.
Haughton is reportedly the estranged husband of one of the hair stylists at the spa. The Brookfield Patch reports an Azana employee who spoke to Patch said the woman’s estranged husband was out of work and his wife was 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. An Azana employee told the Patch the two have two daughters, ages 12 and 21.
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A hazardous disposal unit was brought to the site at the suspect’s home on Glenbrook Road — where a 600-yard radius was blocked off. Some homes in the area were evacuated, while others were given the opportunity to be secure in their home or leave the area. As officials searched for the suspect whom they believed was still on the loose, it was not clear whether the suspect was holed up inside his home or whether he had booby trapped the home with explosives, which made for a nervous neighborhood.
“It was very unsettling to see the guy with the rifle and all the commotion with police cars, streets blocked and all that stuff. My kids were outside playing in the yard, and they said police told them to go inside because there was a bad man in the neighborhood, so me and my husband told them to go in the basement,” neighbor Carmen Fernandez said.
Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm was also at the scene.
The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad was brought in to sweep the home after officials received information that there may be explosive devices in the home. Chief Rinzel confirmed to FOX6 News no explosive devices were found at the home.
Chief Rinzel told FOX6 News no one was inside Haughton’s home Sunday afternoon/evening, and police were able to locate Haughton’s family members at another location.
“We were looking to see if there were family members inside the residence, but we were able to locate family members outside the area, so that’s why we took a lot more time doing it,” Chief Rinzel said.
Former FOX6 News anchor Joanne Williams lives a few doors down from Haughton.
“It’s a little unsettling to see the hazmat truck and SWAT Team and people with flack jackets running around the neighborhood. It’s not what you’re used to seeing in Brown Deer every Sunday afternoon. They were told to leave their homes. They’re a little bit nervous about that. They don’t know where the house is,” Williams said.
Williams said she instantly recognized Haughton.
“I’ve seen him around Brown Deer. I don’t know him — just seen him walking. Enough to wave, but that’s it,” Williams said.
Brookfield police officials said Sunday on October 4th police investigated an incident in which Haughton reportedly slashed the tires of his wife’s vehicle. Four days later, on October 8th, Haughton’s wife sought a temporary restraining order and received it — and Haughton was served with that restraining order.
According to CCAP, Haughton was in court on Thursday, October 18th, when a four-year “no contact” order was filed against him. Haughton was prohibited from owning firearms, and was supposed to turn them over to the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office — according to CCAP records.
Chief Rinzel says Brown Deer police have responded to the home before, and police have made at least one arrest there in the past.
“We’ve had contacts with him in the past. The most recent one was a domestic violence case,” Brown Deer Police Chief Steven Rinzel said.
Neighbor Tyler Hughes said he has heard of problems at the home on 6604 Glenbrook Street.
“I’m like, ‘I’ve seen this guy before.’ I don’t really know him, but I’ve definitely said ‘hi’ passing by in the yard. I heard it has something to do with his wife, but I don’t know if they have any kids or what the severity of it was,” Hughes said.
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