Man kills 3 and himself at US mall

2012-10-22 07:28

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.

The 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.

All 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.

Gun violence

The 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 his spouse.

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.

Four days 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 fired.

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.

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-10-22 07:50

    Nationally, there were 458 workplace homicides in 2011 and 518 in 2010, according to US Bureau of Labour Statistics data. And yet we are told SA is the worst place to live!

      Shaun Daly - 2012-10-22 07:53

      ...because it is

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-10-22 07:57

      Over 50% of SA murders are committed by people who know their victims, meaning possibly thousands are from work disputes. Besides, in SA you are less likely to reach work, with all the crime.

      Shaun Daly - 2012-10-22 08:07

      According to a UNOC study completed this year, the homicide rate per 100,000 people is 32 in SA. The US? 4. So thats that. - 2012-10-24 12:46

      You failed to show that this piece of fear mongering has anything to do with firearms as a cause as has everyone else. Do you like repeating propaganda and trying to frighten people? It would certainly be a good reason to want a firearm for self-defence though. And I think you just showed that with 4% of the population own firearms the murder rate bears no relationship. Gun control lies all the time.

  • - 2012-10-22 07:54

    What the heck is gun violence, similar to knife violence, motor vehicle violence or penis violence? Good grief the media get more idiotic by the day picking up the slogans and ideas of the morally bankrupt. Showing their abject ignorance and unwarranted bias by confusing the instrument with the cause. Does lipstick cause prostitution or pencils spelling mistakes in the media's tiny mind?

      sandy.sutherland.58 - 2012-10-22 09:47

      @curriemafia - guns were original designed to hunt food. BTW vehicles were designed for transport, but there are way more deaths with the use of vehicles than guns - so your point is? - 2012-10-24 12:40

      Oh! just another fool trying to prove a point with a non sequitur. Probably does not even know what that means. Or if it is oppressive to unjustifiable punish people because they might do something. Lot of those about these days.

  • Maxodin - 2012-10-22 11:50

    To quote DMX in Romeo must die. "Guns don't kill people, people kill people" and that's that.

  • candice.smith.1460 - 2012-10-22 14:08

    We've heard the tired "Guns don't kill people debate" for years, yes we know that *yawn*. But lax gun control legislation allows for irresponsible people to pick up a gun, aim it, and shoot. Would a gun be able to do that all by itself? NO, GUNS DO KILL PPL!!!

      roger.kaputnick.90 - 2012-10-22 18:46

      Guns dont kill people, its those sharp pointy things that do it.

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