Man kills 3 and himself at US mall
22 October 2012, 13:59
Milwaukee - A gunman opened fire on Sunday at the suburban Milwaukee
beauty salon where his spouse worked, killing three people and wounding
four others before taking his own life, police said.
This came two weeks after he was accused of slashing his wife's car tyres.
suspect was identified as 45-year-old Radcliffe Haughton, a resident of
Brown Deer, Wisconsin, who had been placed under a restraining order
and directed to surrender his firearms to local authorities this month
in connection with a domestic abuse case involving his wife.
"We believe this incident was domestic violence-related," Brookfield Police Chief Daniel Tushaus said at a news conference.
three of those shot to death at the Azana Salon & Spa were female,
Tushaus said. Their ages and identities were not immediately provided,
and the police chief would not say whether Haughton's wife, who was a
spa employee, was among the victims.
Haughton was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at the crime scene, police said.
shooting marked the second outburst of gun violence at a US beauty spa
in a matter of days. On Thursday, a gunman opened fire at a salon in
suburban Orlando, Florida, killing three women and wounding a fourth,
his wife, before fleeing and committing suicide at a nearby residence.
The suspect in that shooting had likewise been ordered to keep away from
The Wisconsin shooting followed an October 4
incident in which Haughton slashed the tyres on his wife's car, leading
to his arrest on suspicion of vandalism, Tushaus said.
later, his wife was granted a temporary restraining order against
Haughton related to domestic abuse in Milwaukee County, Tushaus said. On
October 18, a court injunction was issued barring Haughton from
possessing firearms, and he was ordered to hand over any weapons he had
to the county sheriff.
The last few months have been marked by a
string of mass shootings in the United States. On September 27, a
disgruntled former employee killed six people and took his own life in a
shooting rampage at a Minneapolis sign company from which he had been
In August, two people were killed and nine wounded in a
work-related shooting near the Empire State Building in New York City.
The Manhattan incident followed mass shootings in a Colorado movie
theatre that killed 12 and wounded 58 and a Sikh temple in Wisconsin
that claimed seven lives, including that of the gunman.
Nationally, there were 458 workplace homicides in 2011 and 518 in 2010, according to US Bureau of Labour Statistics data.