Milwaukee shooting suspect had history of domestic abuse (+video)
Milwaukee shooting: The shooting at a spa in suburban Milwaukee, Wisc., ended Sunday with suspected shooter taking his life. The Milwaukee shooting suspect, Radcliffe Franklin Haughton, killed three women and wounded four others, say police.
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The bodies of the victims were also found in the spa. Tushaus said investigators were still working to identify them. He said the four survivors were between the ages of 22 and 40. He didn't know if they were employees at the spa or customers, and it wasn't clear if the man's wife was among the victims.Skip to next paragraph
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Haughton's father, Radcliffe Haughton, Sr., spoke to The Associated Press shortly before police announced that they had found his son's body. In telephone interviews from Florida, he said he had last spoken to his son a few days ago, but didn't know anything was wrong. He begged his son to turn himself in.
After learning of his son's death, he said only: "This is very sad."
A sea of ambulances and police vehicles converged on the scene shortly after the shooting. A witness, David Gosh of nearby West Allis, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he was returning from duck hunting with his father and a friend when he saw a woman emerge from the spa, screaming, as she ran into traffic.
"She ran right out into the street and was pounding on cars," Gosh told the newspaper. Moments later, a man with a handgun ran out. He appeared to be chasing the woman but then went back inside, Gosh said.
At the hospital where the victims were taken, staff members were escorted inside during a temporary lockdown. Officers were stationed at entrances, and critically injured patients were admitted with a police escort.
The hospital released a statement saying two women had undergone surgery, and one was in critical condition. Another was expected to have surgery Sunday night.
The shooting investigation and manhunt paralyzed a normally bustling shopping district.
Austin Della, 17, was working at a department store in the mall opposite the spa, when the mall was locked down for almost three hours. He said customers joked about the good service they would get as the only clients in the store.
"Everyone was really calm," Della said. "If not for all the announcements, I don't think anyone would have known that anything was happening."
It was the second mass shooting in Wisconsin this year. Wade Michael Page, a 40-year-old Army veteran and white supremacist, killed six people and injured three others before fatally shooting himself Aug. 5 at a Sikh temple south of Milwaukee.
Sunday's shooting took place less than a mile from where seven people were killed and four wounded on March 12, 2005, when a gunman opened fire at a Living Church of God service held at a hotel.