BROOKFIELD — Wednesday, October 21st marks the three-year anniversary of the shooting at the Azana Salon & Spa in Brookfield that led to the deaths of three women.
Zina Daniel, Maelyn Lind and Cary Robuck were killed in the shooting. Four others were injured — before the gunman, Radcliffe Haughton, turned the weapon on himself.
Haughton was Zina Daniel’s estranged husband.
Daniel had a restraining order against Haughton, who was still able to purchase a firearm by posting an ad online.
Brookfield police reports say on the Sunday morning of the shooting, Haughton took a cab to the salon. He was confronted by his wife Zina, who worked there. She spoke calmly to him, telling him it was a peaceful place. Witnesses say Haughton came in with a crazed look on his face, grabbed Zina by the hair and fired four shots into the ground.
Haughton then instructed everyone inside the spa to get on the ground and began shooting employees at the pedicure station. The first person he shot was a pregnant employee, who survived. The second person shot was Cary Robuck. The third person shot — Maelyn Lind — extended an arm toward Haughton and tried to reason with him. Lind was standing next to Haughton’s stepdaughter, trying to comfort her. That stepdaughter escaped through the back door.
The report says Haughton continued to fire. He shot and missed a client, who ran upstairs to hide in a closet. Others hit in rooms upstairs as well.
The report says Haughton then reloaded his gun and fired more shots, injuring more. It is believed the final shots were those that killed Zina. The report says Haughton then locked one of the exit doors and ran upstairs — attempting to set fire to the building.
At 11:22 a.m. from inside the salon, police say Haughton made a phone call to his brother and said, “Get on a plane and come to Wisconsin. All hell is breaking loose.”
The police reports detail first responders’ arrival to the shooting scene, as documented through squad car video. Not knowing where the gunman was, police eventually entered the salon and got survivors out.
In the end, police got 19 people out of the salon. Four were dead, including Haughton, who shot himself.
Other details from the police report are as follows:
- Haughton left a note to his daughter on a dry erase board at his Brown Deer home. He apologized for what was to happen and urged her to pursue her dreams.
- Five days prior to the shooting, Haughton was doing lawn work with a friend. Haughton complained to the friend about Zina having an affair. The friend also overheard Haughton tell his father, “If I had a gun, I would shoot her.”
- On October 17th (four days prior to the shooting), Haughton told the friend, “She is not the only one I’m going to get.” He made further statements about sitting on a hill and picking them off one by one.
- On October 19th, Haughton showed the friend a booking photo of himself. He told the friend, “This is the photo they were going to use.” It likely referred to Haughton later being identified as a suspect in the mass shooting.
- On the day of the shooting, Haughton was picked up by a cab driver. While en route, Haughton told the driver “of the problems he was having with his wife, saying he purchased a gun.” Haughton asked the driver what he would have done if this was his wife, The driver said his response was to do nothing because it “wasn’t worth it.”
- When the cab driver dropped Haughton off at Azana Salon and Spa, he became “excited, nervous and was stumbling when he exited the cab.” The driver told investigators Haughton gave him a $20 tip. Haughton apparently “tore it because of how much he was shaking.”
- Six employees from Azana barricaded themselves in two separate rooms on the second floor of the building.
This incident has drawn attention to the issue of domestic violence.
Elvin Daniel, the brother of Zina Daniel, has become an advocate for domestic violence awareness since the day his sister was killed.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
On the three-year anniversary of this shooting, the Roundy’s Foundation granted $111,000 to area shelters and domestic violence organizations.
Milwaukee Women’s Center hotline numbers:
24-Hour Crisis Line: (414) 671-6140
Domestic Violence Hotline: (414) 933-2722
National Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 799-SAFE
Emergency shelter for domestic violence victims:
Milwaukee Women’s Center’s Shelter: (414) 671-6140
Sojourner Family Peace Center (414) 933-2722
Waukesha Women’s Center (262) 542-3828