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SPA SHOOTING UPDATE: Wife of Gunman Among Those He Killed

Update: Monday, October 22

One of the four women injured in Sunday's shooting was released from the hospital Monday. Another was upgraded from critical to satisfactory condition. The other two are in satisfactory condition, according to a Froedtert Hospital spokeswoman.


Authorities have released more information about the gun Radcliffe Haughton used in the Brookfield spa shooting. Haughton reportedly purchased the weapon last week, two days after a court ordered him to turn in all firearms.

The order was given during a hearing, in which his wife, Zina, was granted a restraining order against him. She was among the three people he killed on Sunday.

Zina Haughton told the court that her husband had terrorized her for years.

In 2011, police were called to their Brown Deer home where they engaged in a 90-minute standoff with Radcliffe Haughton. Officers who responded to Zina Haughton's 911 call, said they believed they saw him point a gun at her. Now, police say they never confirmed that a weapon was present in that incident.


The shooting has prompted Democratic state lawmakers to reintroduce a bill regarding the collection of weapons from perpetrators of domestic violence.

Milwaukee Sen. Lena Taylor says Wisconsin has inconsistent standards. Under the bill previously introduced in 2009, people ordered to give their weapons to authorities would have to comply within 48 hours, or face arrest.

A judge granted Zina Haughton a restraining order against her husband, Radcliffe Haughton, last week. It is unclear whether he surrendered his weapons, as ordered.


According to the Milwaukee Medical Examiner's Office, 42-year-old Zina Haughton of Brown Deer was one of the three women shot to death on Sunday. She was the estranged spouse of gunman Radcliffe Haughton and had secured a restraining order against him just last week, for ongoing threats to her safety.

The other victims who died are:

35-year-old Cary Robush of Racine

38-year-old Maelyn Lind of Oconomowoc

Four other women were hospitalized for their wounds.

According to court papers, Zina Haughton wrote, "His threats terrorize my every waking moment."


The Milwaukee District Attorney's office released a criminal complaint filed against Radcliffe Haughton in 2011.

The complaint states that on January 8. 2011 Haughton engaged in violent, abusive, unreasonably loud, profane, boisterous or otherwise disorderly conduct, under circumstances in which such conduct tended to provoke a disturbance. The charge was considered an act of domestic abuse.

The complaint also states that Radcliffe Haughton was a former United States Marine.


Update: Sunday, October 21

7:00 pm

All seven victims of Sunday's shooting were women. Police did not disclose any names at an evening press briefing.

However, the ages of the injured are: 22, 30, 32 and 40.


6:45 pm

Brookfield authorities say 45-year-old suspect Radcliffe Franklin Haughton slashed his wife's tires two weeks ago, and had a four-year restraining order issued against him. His wife worked at the spa.

Investigators did not find explosive devices in the building, despite earlier fears.


6:00 pm

Members of the Sikh community in Oak Creek have traveled to the scene of the spa killings, to comfort family members and friends of the victims.

Less than three months ago, a white supremacist opened fire at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, killing six people and wounding four others.


5:15 pm

Brookfield police chief confirms suspect died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, says authorities are not seeking any other suspects.


4:49 pm

Authorities believe the incident is related to a domestic dispute.


4:46 pm

Dispatcher says 45-year-old suspect found dead.


4:40 pm

Unconfirmed reports say suspect dead in spa. Police plan news conference for 6:30.


4:31 pm

The father of the spa shooting suspect is asking his son to turn himself in. The Associated Press spoke with Radcliffe Haughton, Sr. who lives in Florida. He says he last spoke to his son a few days ago, and there was no indication that anything was wrong.


4:12 pm

Statement from the White House:

The President was informed of the tragic shooting in Wisconsin earlier today at 1:30pm EDT by his Advisor for Homeland Security, John Brennan.

At 2:30pm EDT, the President received a follow-up briefing from FBI Director Bob Mueller, his Chief of Staff, Jack Lew, and Advisor for Homeland Security John Brennan. The President was told there was an active shooter in Brookfield, Wisconsin. The President was informed that the shooting did not appear to be terrorism-related. The FBI is on the scene and is supporting the Brookfield, Wisconsin police department while they respond to the on-going situation. The President instructed the FBI to ensure that the state and local officials had the full support of the Federal government.

The President and First Lady's thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this horrible shooting and their families.


3:34 pm


Brookfield police chief says three people were killed, four injured in the spa shooting.

A search of the spa is still underway. A portion of it has not been cleared. The chief says in the process of clearing the building police believe they found what's being described as an "improvised explosive device."

The chief describes the situation as "fluid and ongoing."

Explosives experts have reportedly been sent to the suspect's home.

The black Mazda Protege that authorities had been searching for has been located, not in Brookfield. They are not looking for another vehicle.

Authorities will provide another update later this evening.


3:09 pm

Authorities have released the name of the suspect in the spa shooting.

They say they're seeking Radcliffe Franklin Haughton, who remains at large.

He's suspected in the shooting of seven people at the Azana Spa Sunday morning.

Reporters on the scene have been told that a bomb squad has been dispatched to a home in Brown Deer.


2:46 pm

Police are letting customers leave Brookfield Square Mall.

A bomb squad is on the scene of the spa. The building is described as a two-story 9,000 square foot building.

The FBI has dispatched swat teams and hostage negotiators.

Police have released few details on what happened at the scene of the shooting.


2:40 pm

Police are reportedly searching for a suspect who shot at least seven people at Azana Spa across the street from Brookfiled Square Mall.

Froedtert Hospital has reportedly received four patients, none critical. Moorland Road remains blocked to most traffic, while emergency vehicles remain on the scene.

Witnesses report squad cars and officers on foot patrolling the area on Moorland Road and also near the hospital.

Azana Spa surrounded by SWAT team Multiple police are on foot and in squad cars Brookfield Square reportedly is on lockdown.

Traffic note:

-- I-94 EB and WB exit ramps go NB on Moorland Road are closed due to the law enforcement activity.

-- Moorland Road is closed in both directions from I-94 to Bluemound Road.


Governor Walker released the following statement on the crime:

"As we wait for further details from the shooting today in Brookfield, Tonette and I send our thoughts and prayers to the victims. Senseless acts of violence leave us with heavy hearts and many questions. Our state will stand with the victims and their families, and we will provide them with the law enforcement and community support they need to heal in the coming days."

Marti was a reporter with WUWM from 1999 to 2021.