2012 Azana Spa shootings
|2012 Azana Spa shootings|
Location of Brookfield in the U.S. state of Wisconsin.
|Location||Azana Spa, 200 North Moorland Road, Brookfield, Wisconsin, United States|
|Date||October 21, 2012
11:09 a.m.–11:22 a.m. (CDT)
|Mass shooting, murder-suicide|
|Weapons||Glock .40-caliber handgun|
|Deaths||4 (including the perpetrator)|
|Radcliffe Franklin Haughton|
On October 21, 2012, a mass shooting occurred at the Azana Spa in Brookfield, Wisconsin, a suburb of Milwaukee. At 3:40 p.m. CST on October 21, eight casualties had been reported, four of whom (including the shooter) were reported as dead and four of whom had not suffered critical injuries. The shooter, tentatively identified by police as 45-year-old Radcliffe Franklin Haughton, who was the estranged husband of a spa worker killed in the shooting, committed suicide inside the spa soon afterward.
On October 21, 2012, Haughton arrived at the Azana Spa vat 200 North Moorland Road via taxi, wearing a camouflage outfit and carrying a backpack. Initially, when he didn't see the car of his ex-wife (who was later one of those killed), he and the taxi driver ate at a nearby Burger King restaurant. Haughton later paid the driver with a $20 tip and left after seeing his ex-wife's car in the parking lot. By that time, he was described by the driver as shaking, even stumbling as he walked from the cab to the spa.
Haughton then entered the spa building at 11:09 a.m. and opened fire with a Glock .40-caliber handgun, hitting several people, including his ex-wife. His gun jammed after he tried to shoot the spa's former owner. He then allegedly started a fire inside the spa. At 11:22 a.m., Haughton called his brother Robert on his cellphone, telling him to go to Wisconsin as "all hell is breaking loose", before committing suicide.
Shortly after the shooting, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and various local television stations reported that shootings had taken place near the Brookfield Square mall, located in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Shortly after the incident was reported, it became known that four persons had been transported to Froedtert Memorial Hospital with non-critical wounds. It was also reported that three persons were being transported to that hospital. Froedtert Hospital was locked down for security purposes, but the hospital resumed normal operations by 4:25 p.m. Law enforcement officers were reported to have searched the area surrounding the spa and the Brookfield Square shopping center for a suspect, initially described as an 6-foot-1 African-American male in his 40s. At the time of the incident and during its immediate aftermath, law enforcement instructed bystanders to evacuate the parking lot of the Brookfield Square shopping center, located near the spa. At 1:14 p.m. CST, Milwaukee news station TMJ4 reported that the mall had been closed by police.
Shortly after the shooting, a Milwaukee bomb squad was dispatched to the scene, as an improvised explosive device was apparently left behind and reports of the alleged fire emerged. A spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation stated that bomb disposal technicians and hostage negotiators had been dispatched. Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were also sent to the scene.
Brookfield Police Chief Dan Tushaus stated that Haughton's car, a Mazda Protoge, had been located shortly after the shooting. The suspect and his wife's daughter, age 12, was found to be safe at their Brown Deer home.
By the end of the day of the shooting, four people, including Haughton, had died. All persons in the building had been safely evacuated. Christine Bannister, a dispatch supervisor for Waukesha County, stated that Haughton had been found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His death was ruled as a suicide, committed while still inside the spa, but his body wasn't found until six hours after the shooting first started.
Perpetrator and victims
The shooter was tentatively identified as Radcliffe Frankin Haughton, a 45-year-old male from Brown Deer. Haughton was raised in Jamaica and moved to the United States as an adult, first taking up residence in Illinois, and later moving to the Milwaukee area. He had one daughter, age 12, with estranged wife Zina Haughton, and also a stepdaughter, age 20, who was working in the building along with her mother Zina Haughton at the time of the shooting. Haughton formerly served in the U.S. Marines.
His father, Radcliffe Haughton, Sr., of Florida said he spoke with his son a few days ago and nothing seemed amiss. He had called for his son to turn himself in. At the time of the shooting, Haughton had been issued a restraining order and was not allowed to possess firearms. Less than a week prior to the shooting, Haughton warned his father and a neighbor that he would kill his wife and other people "if [he] had a gun".
Three women were killed in the attack. One of them was the perpetrator's wife, Zina Haughton, 42, also of Brown Deer, Wisconsin, according to the Waukesha County medical examiner's office. She had heroically tried to dissuade and calm her husband in an effort to defuse the situation before being shot, according to witnesses. The other two deceased women were identified as 32-year-old Cary L. Robuck of Racine and 38-year-old Maelyn M. Lind of Merton.
The living victims included a woman seven months pregnant who was shot in the neck, another who was shot in the thigh, a third who was shot in the hand, and a fourth whose injuries were not further specified; all were expected to survive. All four were recovering at Froedtert Hospital from their gunshot wounds, three of them being in satisfactory condition and the fourth in critical condition; three of these victims required surgery.
The shooting sparked efforts by Zina Daniel's brother, Elvin Daniel, and his wife Cheryl to fight for stricter gun laws and domestic abuse prevention. On October 21, 2013, the one-year anniversary of the shooting, a public candlelight vigil was held at Milwaukee City Hall, being attended by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Brookfield Mayor Steven Ponto, as well as members of anti-domestic violence organizations.
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