A gunman dressed in military fatigues hasÂ launched a shooting spree at a suburban Milwaukee spa and he is thought to haveÂ been targeting his estranged wife who worked as a stylist at the salon and had aÂ court order of protection against him.
A 45-year-old man named Radcliffe HaughtonÂ was identified as the suspect who shot an estimated seven people at a day spa inÂ Brookfield, Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon. He is still at large.
During the investigation, police found anÂ Improvised explosive device on the scene, prompting them to issue a call forÂ extreme caution.
Haughton was reportedly seen fleeing theÂ scene in a 2003 black Mazda. He was described as a bald ethnic man with darkerÂ skin, about 6 foot one inch tall and 200 pounds.
Haughton is estranged from his wifeÂ whoÂ works as a hair stylist at the salon where the shooting took place.Â He lives inÂ nearby Brown Deer, Wisconsin, and police are trying toÂ determine whether or notÂ he is at the scene or if he has gone back toÂ his house.
CourtÂ records show that a judge issued aÂ order of protection against HaughtonÂ just three days ago on October 18, hintingÂ that there was a credibleÂ threat against the estranged wife.
She has not been named publicly but she hasÂ two daughters, one of whom works at the spa and was whisked away by police afterÂ the shooting.
Police reportedly warned nearbyÂ hospitals toÂ prepare for multiple injuries. The exact number of victims, their condition, andÂ what if any connection they had to the shooter isÂ unknown.
‘She ran right out into the street (and) wasÂ pounding on cars,’ David Gosh told The Journal Sentinel.
He then saw a man carrying a handgun runÂ after her, and he was thought to be chasing after the woman.
The gunman then saw police beginning toÂ gather and he ran back in the direction in which he came.
He either ran back into the spa or to theÂ wooded area behind the spa.
‘He was the shooter. He was looking for anÂ escape route,’ Mr Gosh said.
A witness told the Journal-SentinelÂ that a he saw a young girl running through a parking lot in a panic after herÂ mother was reportedly shot.
‘She kept saying, “My mother was shot.” AndÂ she mentioned that there was aÂ gunman. She ran into the bookstore and IÂ followed her. But I watched her from afar.’
The Brookfield Square Mall and the WestmoorÂ Country Club, located directly across theÂ road, are both on lockdown as policeÂ try to assess the situation.There are 100 people inside the CountryÂ Club.
Early reports say that the shooting began inÂ the Azana Spa, which is located near but not inside the Brookfield Square MallÂ on the outskirts of Milwaukee.
One witness said that the shooting started inÂ the spa, and four victims were immediately transported to a local hospital withÂ non-critical injuries.
The three other known victims are just nowÂ being taken to the hospital but their conditions remain unknown.
Live video of the Azana spa shows a tacticalÂ team moving in around 2pm on Sunday.
According to the spa’s website, it boastsÂ that it is the largest salon and day spa in Brookfield with 9,000-square-feet.
The layout of the spa- which has tenÂ treatment rooms, male and femaleÂ locker rooms, and a cafe area-complicatesÂ issues for police as peopleÂ may be hiding inside.
The spa opened at 11am this morning and theÂ shooting is thought to have begun shortly after.
The owner of the salon was out of the countryÂ at the time of the shooting and is reportedly headed back now.
This is the second mass shooting in the stateÂ in the past two months. An Army veteran opened fire at a Sikh temple in August,Â killing six people and injuring three others.
Local news reporters drew comparisons to anÂ earlier incident when, in 2005, a shooting took place at the nearbyÂ SheratonÂ hotel during a mass service. In thatÂ shooting, seven peopleÂ were killedÂ before the shooter turned the gun on himself.