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-- Another of the four surviving victims of last Sunday’s shooting spree at a Brookfield spa went home from the hospital yesterday. That leaves two women still hospitalized as they recover from their gunshot wounds.
MILWAUKEE - Another of the four surviving victims of last Sunday’s shooting spree at a Brookfield spa went home from the hospital yesterday. That leaves two women still hospitalized as they recover from their gunshot wounds.
Both are in satisfactory condition at Milwaukee’s Froedtert Hospital. The survivors’ names have still not been released.
Meanwhile, funeral arrangements have been announced for two of the three women killed by gunman Radcliffe Haughton at the Azana Salon-and-Spa. Services for 35-year-old Cary Robuck of Racine will be held tomorrow night at seven at Grace Church in Racine, where visitations begin at three. Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling will help sell T-shirts tomorrow to raise money for Robuck’s family. The shirts read “One Big City, One Big Family.” A funeral will be held Sunday evening in Oconomowoc for 38-year-old Maelyn Lind of the town of Merton. The service begins at five at Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church, where visitations begin at two o’clock.
Funeral arrangements have not been announced yet for Haughton’s estranged wife Zina, who was working at the salon when she was killed.
Brown Deer Police went to the home of salon gunman Radcliffe Haughton 20 times over the last decade to investigate domestic spats between him and his wife. But not once did they make an arrest – even though state law requires an arrest in most domestic calls. Radcliffe Haughton was arrested Oct. 4 for slashing car tires on the vehicle of his estranged wife Zina. Twelve days later, she told a judge she feared for her life. And a restraining order was issued, three days before Radcliffe violated it and killed Zina, two other women, and himself. Four other women were wounded. There’s been a lot of second-guessing about the actions of Brown Deer Police. Most criticism was about an incident last year in which officers thought they saw Radcliffe hold a gun to his wife during a standoff – and they still left without making an arrest because they were not sure. Prosecutors later filed a disorderly conduct charge, but it was dropped after a police officer failed to testify. Brown Deer Village President Carl Krueger says his Fire-and-Police-Commission will investigate the standoff – but he doesn’t want to second-guess what the officers did or didn’t do. He said the village feels bad for the victims, but the standoff could not have been prevented unless quote, “We take up a policy of tear-gassing every house where a guy says he will not come out.” Brown Deer’s police chief also said Zina refused to cooperate with officers. But domestic violence advocates say the police should have followed the law, and made an arrest.
At least one lawmaker wants to make it harder for domestic abusers to buy a gun in Wisconsin. The move comes in response to Sunday’s deadly shooting at a salon in Brookfield which left four people dead, including the shooter. State Representative Jon Richards says he will introduce legislation next session to close the legal loopholes which let domestic violence perpetrators get or keep weapons. The Milwaukee Democrat says his legislation would not affect law-abiding citizens who want to own a gun. Authorities say the Brookfield shooter bought his gun two days after a judge ordered him not to have any weapons as a part of a restraining order requested by his estranged wife.
Survivors of the Brookfield spa shootings are about to get help from an unexpected and very high-profile source. Green Bay Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers says he and Milwaukee Brewers’ slugger Ryan Braun are planning a fund-raiser for the victims and their families. Rodgers and Braun own the 8-12 Restaurant in Brookfield. Rodgers says the restaurant makes him and Braun part of the community – so they’re looking for ways to help. Rodgers told WTMJ Radio in Milwaukee that the restaurant’s partner, Omar Shaikh, is still finalizing plans for the fund-raiser. Rodgers said all of the proceeds will go to help the victims. Radcliffe Haughton killed his wife, two others, and himself at the Azana Salon-and-Spa last Sunday, and four other women were wounded.
The Waukesha County medical examiner is saying more about the deaths of three women shot by Radcliffe Haughton at a spa in Brookfield last Sunday. Autopsies showed that Haughton’s estranged wife, 42-year-old Zina, died from multiple gunshot wounds. 35-year-old Cary Robuck of Racine was killed by a gunshot wound to the neck. And 38-year-old Maelyn Lind of the town of Merton died from gunshot wounds to the head-and-chest. Police said Haughton used a .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun he bought from a private dealer a day before the slayings – and two days after a judge ordered him to stop possessing firearms as part of a restraining order to stay away from his wife. Haughton was later found dead at the spa, and the medical examiner said he had a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Officials also confirmed that all three women died from homicide.