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Four dead in salon shooting

Police at the scene of yesterday’s shooting.

MILWAUKEE — A gunman opened fire at the suburban Milwaukee beauty salon where his spouse worked yeterday, killing three people and wounding four others before taking his own life, police said, 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.

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. (Reuters)

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