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Wisc. Shooting Suspect Used to Live in Northbrook

On Sunday, police say 45-year-old Radcliffe Haughton killed four people and injured four others in a mass shooting at a Milwaukee spa. Before the shooting, Haughton had previously lived in Northbrook and Highwood.

Before moving to Milwaukee, Brookfield, WI shooting suspect Radcliffe Haughton and his family lived in Northbrook and Highwood, Haughton's father told Patch on Sunday.

Haughton is suspected of killing four people and injuring four others Sunday morning at a mass shooting at the Azana Spa across the street from the Brookfield Square mall outside of Milwaukee.

Among the dead is the man believed to be the shooter, 45-year-old Haughton of Brown Deer. His body was later found inside the spa, 200 N. Calhoun Road, Brookfield Police Chief Dan Tushaus said.

Tushaus said Haughton was the only suspect in the shootings.

Haughton 'put his wife on a pedestal.'

Haughton's father — named Radcliffe Haughton Sr. — told Patch Sunday afternoon that his son was in the local car business and that he "put his wife on a pedestal."

"I'm his father," his dad told Patch from his home in Florida. "My son is a good person. I can't tell you what I think happened. My son loved his wife, and he put his wife on a pedestal, and he cared about her. He raised her daughter which he accepts as his stepdaughter, and they have one child together. She is now 13."

The younger Haughton moved to Milwaukee from Illinois to manage a Waukesha car dealership, his father said.

A pregnant woman among the injured

The four injured — all women — are being treated at Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa, the hospital said at about 5:30 p.m. Two were undergoing treatment in the emergency department for non-life-threatening conditions and two underwent surgery. Tushaus did not offer any condition updates at a 6:30 p.m. briefing on Sunday, but released the ages of the injured — 22, 30, 32 and 40. He said authorities are still trying to positively identify the deceased inside the salon, other than the shooter, and did not offer any details on them.

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.

He was suspected of slashing some car tires in the parking lot of the spa and the business recently put up signs on most of its doors warning employees to keep them locked at all times, the employee told Patch.

On Oct. 8, a temporary restraining order was issued against Haughton. All of his weapons were supposed to be turned over to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department as a condition of the 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. JSOnline.com reported that the daughters were safe.

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Dan Cox October 23, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Women of Illinois, please understand that, because you live in Illinois, your Right's are being violated. In all 49 other States of this Nation, you are allowed to Carry a Firearm for self defense. Not in Illinois, it is a Felony to be in possession of a loaded Gun, outside of your home. This is ridiculous and must be changed. This Election, find out who is in support of your Right to LIVE. Concealed Carry is Life Insurance, for you and your loved one's, support HB148 and make sure your choice of State Representative does too. I have had my Wife and five Kid's all Firearm Safety and Marksmanship Trained. My Daughter was approached by two men in a Chicago Parking Garage. It was one of those moment's when second's count and a Cell Phone is just simply not the solution. She reached in her shirt to get a grip on her 38 Spl. Revolver and let them know she was feeling threatened by their action's, that she was Armed and that they were not to come any closer. They scoffed at her and continued their approach, one of the young men, had a knife and mumbled some profanitie's at her as he quickened his approach, she pulled out the Gun and took aim at his chest. It was a moment she will never forget, his eye's were instantly transformed from rage and attack to fear and panick. He slipped, tripped, fell and ran for his life, right behind his accomplice. My Daughter committed a Felony and I am very proud of her!
annie October 23, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Hindsight is 20/20....I am glad for you that your child could take care of the moment. But, a woman who is half-crazy from an abusive x, and fears for her life, is in a different mind-set. He probably told her everyday he was going to kill her, and she was either so brow-beaten and down, or just didn't believe him. The abuse was probably going on for years......and when a woman finally can't take it anymore, and stands up for herself, sometimes its too late. She probably never reported the prior threats for fear that he would would hurt her, or the kids would get hurt trying to protect her. As far as Concealed Carry goes, even if it goes thru, I am not running out to buy a gun or providing my children with guns.
Dan Cox October 23, 2012 at 05:19 PM
I am the Son, of an Abused Wife. I know first hand of thing's in which you speak, I lived through it as one of five children, who lived in that house. It is because of that experience that I am the way I am today. I teach my Kid's to respect their Mother and themselves. I teach them that, Self Defense is a Right and a Responsibility. I have broken the Circle of Violence and I refuse to let it resurface in our lives, through some outside influence. I survived and now I teach the skill's to my loved one's and other's. 1.Let no one, lay their hand upon you in a threatening manner or to injure you. 2. You are responsible for your own safety and of your Familie's safety at all time's. 3. Take whatever action's are necessary to ensure your safety against attack and use whatever force necessary to repel attack. It is as simple as 1,2,3, and that is all a person needs to understand. Too many people try to muttle it with too many what if's and other non sense. Illinois has Castle Doctrine Law and it work's good for when you are home, but does nothing for you, once you are past your front door. The fact is you have the Right to defend yourself anywhere, anytime and against any aggressor. The responsibility fall's on you by Law. SCOTUS in two Case's stated that it is the individual's responsibility to defend themselves from imminent harm, NOT the Police.

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