By Sarah Barchus
A Wisconsin man shot seven women, killing three, at a spa in a Milwaukee suburb Sunday before he killed himself, the Pioneer Press reported police said.
Radcliffe Haughton, 45, went to the Azana Salon and Spa in Brookfield where his wife works and shot seven women and lit a fire before taking his own life, the Cable News Network reported police said.
During a six-hour search for Haughton, police locked down the popular mall across the street, a nearby country club and the hospital where the survivors were taken, the Pioneer Press reported. Brookfield Police Chief Dan Tushaus said the locked areas and the size of the two-story and 9,000-square-foot spa, as well as the discovery of a potentially explosive propane tank near the source of the fire, slowed the search, the Pioneer Press reported.
Tushaus said police discovered Haughton dead in one of the locked areas of the spa, with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, the Pioneer Press reported. Police also found the bodies of the three women victims in the spa.
Police are still working to identify the victims, Tushaus said. The four gunshot survivors, between the ages of 22 and 40, were taken to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, CNN reported.
The hospital's director of surgery Dr. Gary Seabrook said that one victim is in critical condition, another's condition is satisfactory, a third will need surgery and is being stabilized and the fourth was admitted but does not need surgery, CNN reported.
Haughton appeared in court Thursday and was ordered to stay away from his wife for four years, after he admitted to slashing her tires, the Pioneer Press reported.
Police are trying to figure out why the shooting occurred and determine if Haughton's wife is among the victims, CNN reported.