Friday, March 8, 2013
On a quiet Sunday morning in October, hell broke loose in Brookfield, Wis. Radcliffe Haughton was on a killing rampage, and it was up to regular patrol officers to rescue the innocent survivors. They did, putting their lives on the line.
When shooting mayhem broke out on a quiet Sunday morning in a Milwaukee suburb, local police did not wait for specialized units to arrive. They responded to rescue innocent survivors at the risk of their own lives. Patch Editor Jim Price has compiled a detailed video documenting the actions and heroism of law enforcement who responded to the Azana Spa Shooting in Brookfield, WI on Oct. 21, 2012. Information was compiled from records released by Brookfield and Wauwatosa police departments and original Patch reporting. Related coverage of the shooting:
Friday, March 1, 2013
When a quiet Sunday exploded into a scene of mass terror at the Azana Spa and Salon in Brookfield, officers from the western suburbs took the initiative to save lives — while risking their own.
Through a door marked "Quiet Zone" and along a long, turning hallway on the second floor of Azana Spa and Salon are 10 massage therapy rooms, each with a name: Serenity, Ecstasy, Bliss... Purity, Unity, Harmony... Peace, Joy, Spirit... Tranquility. Those ideals were shattered on Oct. 21. The mass shooting that day at Azana Spa in Brookfield has been widely reported, with a handful of witness accounts painting a jagged, partial picture of the chaos and terror inflicted that day by killer Radcliffe Haughton, who took four lives, including his own. But a fuller view of what police officers found when they arrived, what they did in response, what more witnesses have told them, awaited the release of reports by the Brookfield Police Department …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
A total of 25 officers who went above and beyond the call of duty, 8 of them Brookfield's own, are given the highest honor the police department can award.
Twenty-five police officers, including eight from the Brookfield Police Department itself, were presented Thursday with the highest honor that department bestows. The officers, from Brookfield and five other area departments, were given Meritorious Service Awards for their parts in rescuing 19 women from Azana Salon and Spa on Oct. 21. Called to confront an “active shooter” after Radcliffe Haughton murdered his wife, Zina Haughton, a stylist at the salon, and then opened fire indiscriminately at other employees and customers, the sergeants, patrol officers, detectives, deputies and one state trooper risked their lives outside and inside Azana Salon. The ceremony took place at 3 p.m. in the Brookfield Municipal Court chambers. After an …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Gov. Scott Walker is proposing a law that would monitor domestic abusers with GPS devices.
Zina Daniel’s family believes that GPS monitoring on domestic violence abusers could have saved her life. Days after hairstylist Zina Daniel Haughton obtained a four-year restraining order against her husband she planned to divorce, he stormed into the upscale Azana, killing her and two of her co-workers and wounding four others before killing himself. Elvin Daniel, Zina’s brother, has been pushing for use of a GPS monitoring device that would alert a domestic violence victim when the abuser is nearby or is about to violate the restraining order, reported Patch media partner WISN. Gov. Scott Walker has included the $3 million proposal as part of his budget, which needs to be reviewed by lawmakers.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
There are some places you just don't go if you are halfway aware of events going on around you. This guy didn't consider that.
There are bad choices some people make just because they're not really thinking, and then there are just awful choices some people make because they're not paying attention to anyone but themselves. And there are some places you just don't go to spy on a woman. At 1:30 a.m. Jan. 12, a 28-year-old Milwaukee man was cited for prowling after an employee of Westmoor Country Club reported about an hour earlier that a man was crouched in hiding by the pool house with a pair of binoculars trained toward Brookfield Square mall. The Wesmoor employee said that when he was seen, the man jumped up, ran to a tan Toyota Corolla and fled. Westmoor Country Club is next door to Azana Salon and Spa, the scene of a horrible shooting on Oct. 21 that left …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
A Wauwatosa man is accused of telling his live-in girlfriend he knows she's planning to "get the piece of paper that got that girl killed in Brookfield," before squeezing her face and slapping her.
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- Joe Petrie
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
A 37-year-old Wauwatosa man is accused of grabbing and squeezing his girlfriend’s face and then slapping her – and he also made threats in reference to the mass shooting at a Brookfield salon, warning the victim about any attempt she might make to get a restraining order against him, she told police. Ray L. Bradley was charged Friday in Milwaukee County Circuit Court with one count of battery/domestic abuse and two counts of disorderly conduct. If convicted, he faces up to 15 months in prison and $12,000 in fines. According to the criminal complaint: On Nov. 19, Bradley and his live-in girlfriend began to argue at their residence in the 2300 block of North 64th Street when he told the victim “you deserve to be in a body bag.” Bradley was…
Reopening of spa Saturday will begin the next chapter in the story of the Azana Spa family – the healing.
When Tami Gemmell arrived at Azana Salon and Spa on Oct. 21, the business she has run for 13 years and owned for the past 10, the worst of a nightmarish tragedy was over. Three women were dead, four more seriously wounded, many more left in shock and terror. But that was over. Everybody was out of the building except the killer himself, and police had the area thoroughly surrounded and protected. He could do no more damage. He would soon be found dead by his own hand. Just then, the next, long chapter was beginning. It was about 2:30 p.m., after Gemmell "flew like the wind" from Chicago's O'Hare Airport, where she got the word just as she returned from a 12-day European trip. "My phone just started going off," she said in an interview …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
In an interview with BrookfieldNOW.com, owner Tami Gemmell said she saw no signs of trouble between Radcliffe Haughton and his estranged wife.
The owner of Azana Salon & Spa, where a gunman killed three people and injured four others before taking his own life last month, said she remembers shooter Radcliffe Haughton as someone who "seemed like a nice guy." In an interview with BrookfieldNOW, Tami Gemmell also said she saw no signs of problems between Haughton and his estranged wife, Zina, who was among those killed Oct. 21. Gemmell told the newspaper that she recalled meeting Haughton just once. "I was at one of Zina's birthday parties and he was there, many years ago, maybe six years ago, but I had never seen him in my salon," the newspaper quoted her as saying. "He seemed like a nice guy. There was no indication that he was unstable or irrational." Gemmell also said that Zina …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Friends of Cary Robuck's daughter are putting together a fundraiser, which is now being supported by the Racine County Sheriff's Department and they are hoping the community will show its support.
A number of friends are rallying around Cary Robuck’s family as they cope with the gruesome reality of her death by holding a fundraiser in her honor. Robuck was the 35-year-old mother of Horlick High School cheerleader Mariah Sturm, and she was very close with her boyfriend’s daughter Kira Scheffler, who is also a cheerleader. Cary was killed when Radcliffe Haughton, 45, opened fire Sunday morning at the Azana Salon in Brookfield. Thomas Stark, a senior at Horlick High School, Mariah Sturm, and Kira are friends. Stark started planning the fundraiser shortly after the news of Robuck’s death. Robuck’s family has asked that their friends not speak to the media for now. However, Fiona Murphy, said Stark has the support from Robuck’s family …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Family of Maelyn Lind share their memories of spa employee who was described as a "hero" for her actions on that tragic day.
“I wish I could have been in her place.” Those were the words Tuesday evening of Maelyn Lind’s choked-up father, Keith Hanson, after Maelyn’s family held a news conference to commemorate her memory. Hanson said that the tragedy – Maelyn was one of three women who died in the Azana Salon & Spa shooting Sunday in Brookfield - had made him initially question his faith. Then, he realized, “she had to do what she did. She did what was right. God was calling her at this time. She went straight to heaven.” What Maelyn did was save the daughter of Zina Haughton, who was the shooter’s main target. But that was just like Maelyn, 38, family members said. She was a woman always willing to help others, and she loved children. Maelyn Lind’s 19-year-old …