Wisconsin spa shooting victims identified by medical examiner

This photo provided by the Brookfield Police Dept. shows Radcliffe Franklin Haughton, 45, of Brown Deer, Wis. Deputies are searching for Haughton on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, who's suspected of wounding multiple people in a shooting at a spa near a suburban Milwaukee shopping mall. (Brookfield Police Dept)
October 23, 2012 5:18:52 AM PDT
Wisconsin spa shooting suspect Radcliffe Haughton, 45, shot and killed his wife, Zina Haughton, 42, of Brown Deer; Cary Robuck, 35, of Racine; and Maelyn M. Lind, 38, of Oconomowoc, at Azana Day Spa in Brookfield, Wis., Sunday, officials said.

Haughton's victims were identified Monday by the Waukesha County Medical Examiner's Office. Four other women were critically injured in the shooting. Froedtert Hospital said Monday afternoon that one of the victims had been released and another had been upgraded from critical to "satisfactory" or stable condition. Two others are in stable condition, according to the hospital.

Haughton, an ex-Marine, turned the gun on himself after the shooting rampage, police said, and was found dead at the scene after a six-hour search of the mall and area surrounding it. His body was in a locked room at the spa.

Zina Haughton worked at Azana. She had just been granted a four-year restraining order against her husband three days before the shooting. She filed for it on October 8, and in it, accused him of threatening to throw acid on her. He also allegedly vowed to burn her and her family with gas- and said he would kill her if she called police or left him, according to court papers obtained by The Associated Press.

"His threats terrorize my every waking moment," she wrote in court documents.

When Haughton arrived at the spa Sunday, gun in hand, a witness inside the Spa says that Zina Haughton tried to reason with her husband -- but to no avail.

"He yelled, everybody get down, get down," said Betty Brunner, witness. "She went around the reception table and said, calm down, sir. There are good people here.'"

Police are not discussing motive, though there is a trail of domestic disputes.

Brown Deer police surrounded the Haughton house with guns drawn in January 2011after the ex-Marine threw some of his wife's belongings into the front yard.

Earlier this month, Haughton was arrested by police after being seen at the spa puncturing a tire on his wife's car.

Last week, a Milwaukee county judge granted Zina Haughton's request for a restraining order. It was to last four years. But instead of turning in his weapons, as the order required, Haughton bought a new handgun and used it.

Haughton worked as a car salesman, and manager at several dealerships over the years. Former co-workers are stunned. So is Haughton's father in Florida.

"I love my son. I do not approve of what he did," said Radcliffe Haughton Sr., father.

Haughton grew up in north suburban Northbrook and Wheeling. After serving in the Marines, he came back to the Chicago area, and worked at suburban car dealerships.

The windows and doors of the home that Radcliffe Haughton shared with his wife Zina and their two daughters are boarded up now. The spa remains cordoned off as Brookfield police continue their work.

Suspect, wife have roots in Chicago area

Long before their marriage went sour, Zina and Radcliffe Haughton lived in Wheeling where he grew up. A 1985 graduate of Wheeling High School, Haughton served in the Marines for four years before becoming a car salesman.

Haughton had a criminal history. According to Cook County records, Haughton was arrested three times, including for domestic battery in 1991 although those charges were later dismissed.

Born Zina Daniel, the 42-year-old hairdresser and mother of two, grew up between Chicago and Des Plaines. These days, however, she would frequently spend time in the Fox Lake community of Johnsburg where her parents and brother now live. Neighbor Sue Peshek says even before the shooting, the family has been going through some tough times.

"I just talked to them yesterday after they got the news, and going to go now and talk to her as soon as I get this dinner ready for them," she told ABC7. "She lost her brother not, too. Long ago, she fell and got hurt, and now this. It's just horrible."

The Daniel family released a statement which reads in part, "we request your kind understanding to let us grieve in privacy for our beloved daughter, mother, sister and dear friend."


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