Shooter’s spa rampage shatters 3 families

Shooter kills 3, wounds for in Brookfield rampage
Shooter’s spa rampage shatters 3 families
Radcliffe Franklin Haughton

A Wisconsin man did more than seek out the wife he terrorized for years during a shooting rampage last weekend. He also killed two of her co-workers at the Milwaukee-area spa.

The rampage left behind seven grieving children and a community questioning when the violence will end.

Police said 45-year-old Radcliffe F. Haughton stormed into the Azana Spa and Salon in Brookfield on Sunday, carrying a .40 caliber handgun.

He opened fire, killing three women, including his 42-year-old wife, Zina Haughton. Cary L. Robuck of Racine and 38-year-old Maelyn M. Lind of Oconomowoc were also killed. 

Four others were wounded, and Radcliffe Haughton died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The attack prompted an outpouring of grief, including vigils, prayer services and touching remembrances.

The spa’s owner, Tami Gemmell, told reporters Tuesday that her staff was heartbroken over the loss of their colleagues. She said buildings can be restored, but human loss is immeasurable.

Radcliffe Haughton had a history of domestic abuse. Gemmell said she hopes the attack opens a serious dialogue about domestic violence.