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Shooter Opens Fire Outside Milwaukee, 7 Shot

Suspect still at large following Sunday morning shooting at spa near Brookfield Square Mall at Milwaukee suburb.

Brookfield, WI — At least seven people have been shot this morning at the Azana Spa across the street from the Brookfield Square mall.

Other reports say as many as a dozen have been shot by the gunman, who is still at large.

Brookfield is a suburb of about 38,000 people just west of Milwaukee. 

Patch has learned the man wanted by police is apparently the estranged husband of one of the hair stylists at the spa.

A spa employee told Patch the hair stylist has been having problems since she left her husband. The man is believed to have slashed car tires in the parking lot of the spa and the business recently put up signs on most of its doors warning employees to keep them locked at all times.

The employee who spoke to Patch said the woman's estranged husband was out of work and his wife was working every day to bring in money to pay the bills. However, she recently decided to leave him, and that's when the problems started.

The two have two daughters, ages 12 and 21, the Azana employee told Patch.

The Brookfield shooting comes approximately 10 weeks after Wade Michael Page opened fire at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, killing six people and injuring four more, including Oak Creek police Lt. Brian Murphy on Aug. 5.

The Brookfield Police Department is familiar with mass shooting incidents. In 2005, Terry Ratzmann opened fire during a Living Church of God worship service at the Sheraton Hotel, killing seven before turning the gun on himself.

A bomb squad was called to the scene after 1 p.m. after an explosive device was believed to be in the spa building.

Earlier reports said Brookfield Square Mall was on lockdown following the shooting, however, as of 1:20 p.m. people were allowed to leave the mall. Mall employees told Patch that they have received little information about the incident and have not been told whether to close their businesses.

Newsradio 620 WTMJ's is reporting that authorities are searching for a 6-foot 1-inch, 270 pound with a bald head and brown eyes. He was reportedly driving a black 2003 Mazda. Authorities believe he may be from Brown Deer.

Brookfield police have not provided any details on the incident as of 1:45 p.m. CST.

A spokeswoman for Froedtert Hospital told Patch: “We have been notified that some are coming," but had no information on how many victims there were.

FOX6 News is reporting that four people have been taken to Froedtert with non-life-threatening injuries and that three more are on their way.

Froedtert was put on lockdown at about 1:30 p.m., but there was no official word on the reason for that.

The incident happened about 11 a.m.

Tactical units entered the spa building. There are at least 15 ambulances on the scene from multiple jurisdictions.

The roads around Brookfield Square have been closed.

On the Brookfield Patch Facebook page, Sally Flaschberger said she showed up at the spa just after the shooting.

“I had an appointment scheduled for 11:15 a.m. and was running late," she wrote. "When I arrived, there was an officer outside with her gun drawn and I left the area. Feeling very lucky at this moment."

One mall customer, Lisa Taylor of Sussex, told Patch that the mall employees have not been told whether to stay on their jobs or leave the building.

David Gosh, of West Allis, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he was driving past when they saw a woman coming from the salon and the shooter chasing her before the shooter ran into the building or behind the building.

"She ran right out into the street and was pounding on cars," Gosh told the Milwaukee newspaper.

Tim Froehlig October 22, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Statistically you are more likely to die in a car crash that you are to be shot. So let's ban all cars.
Dan Cox October 22, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Your not up on your Legal Data. See Heller, See McDonald, See Gower and check out Moore v Madigan at the June 8th, 2012 Hearing in Chicago. The 3 Judge Panel shredded the Attorney's representing the State of Illinois. BTW, the only State to NOT allow CCW... yet.
Dan Cox October 22, 2012 at 09:16 PM
John Wayne would punch you right in the mouth for that statement, as well as the members of Law Enforcement, US Army, USMC and other real men.
Brian L. October 22, 2012 at 09:37 PM
I can't include other states because we are the only one left. So i'm a little handcuffed there. If we take the 2010 national avg of 403 per 100,000, there are a few more states above that as well. Conceal carry may prevent some, but it doesn't effect violent crime on the whole. If anything it doesn't move it plus or minus. And again, for the first time in almost 20 years our violent crime rate is going up for 2011. I'm not naive enough to say that is because of CC, but I can say it didn't help the number go down.
Tim Froehlig October 22, 2012 at 09:46 PM
You showed a study that was based on Illinois. There are plenty of studies that involve the other 49 states. You have just chosen to ignore those facts and studies and used Illinois as your sole arguement.
Brian L. October 22, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Uh oh. We're starting the car conversation again. Forgetting the fact that these two items (gun and car) are completely unrelated (one invented to kill, one invented to transport,) of course there are more deaths by automobile. It is nearly impossible to walk out the door without coming into contact with at least one car (visually or otherwise.) Yes, I know some people may be carrying in the US illegally, but I found a number of about 6 million permits to conceal carry. Add to that roughly 800000 law enforcement officers. So we'll round up to 7 million. We can include illegal guns, but I have no clue how to get a number on that since we don't track guns when they leave the factory. I have found a number of roughly 255,000,000 registered cars in the US. So more people using them on a daily basis, and always being around them, of course there are more deaths. I also know there are many more guns out there...i think the legal number may be higher than the registered cars...I don't remember. But we know not all of them are being carried....very far from it.
Brian L. October 22, 2012 at 09:52 PM
I didn't show a study only based on IL. I took Illinois' rate of violent crime in 2010 and stacked it against the rest of the states. There were 16 states with worse rates of violent crime in 2010. Which logically says there are 33 states below us as well. There are plenty of states with lower violent crime. But if conceal carry is shown to reduce crime, there shouldn't be that many states above us.
Brian L. October 22, 2012 at 09:56 PM
I'm willing to say all our numbers that we can come up with will never show the true totals. There are far too many other factors at play for each state. One of which is the number of large cities and dense population areas. Income can be a factor as well with poorer areas generally doing worse in crime stats. But just as you can call numbers to say Conceal Carry is a crime reducer, I can pull them to show opposite.
Dan Cox October 22, 2012 at 10:03 PM
(52 seventies),When I meet PhD. holding, Men and Women who do not know, how to cross a 4 lane street or how to turn left, without having near miss collision's, it makes me wonder about their knowledge of common thing's. When I read your post's, I think of the phrase by Albert Einstein, "I do not fear the Madman, I fear the crowd, that stand's by and does nothing to stop him." You Sir, are part of that crowd.
Sandra Sims October 22, 2012 at 10:17 PM
John Wayne was a draft dodger. Typical, eh?
Sandra Sims October 22, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Ok, Dan, I realize you have contempt for education, but seriously, every word that ends in the lietter S does not require an apostrophe. Really hard to take someone seriously in an adult conversation who doesn't know that.
RB October 23, 2012 at 12:32 AM
If the Federal 48 hour waiting period applied to guns purchased from private parties in Wisconsin this would not have happened. The shooter bought the gun while under a restraining order restricting him from having a gun. Since he bought from a private individual he was not legally required to wait 48 hours in Wisconsin. The NRA feels that establishing such a rule inhibits the gun rights granted by the Second amendment. Tell that to the families suffering now.
Dan Cox October 23, 2012 at 04:08 AM
The statement has no merit, 1. He owned gun's before the restraining order was given. 2. No Gun Seller is required to wait 48 Hours in Wisconsin, it is cash and carry. 3. There is no 48 hour Federal Waiting period. In Illinois it is 24 Hours for a Long Gun, Rifle/shotgun and 72 Hours for a Handgun. The man was breaking the Law. The man Killed people, including himself. What is hard to understand here? He was a Madman and he is now dead. I conceal Carry everyday, I would not want to be in a situation where a guy like this goes crazy and I am caught defenseless. I have a spare tire in my car, even though I have never had a flat. I have a Fire Extinguisher, even though I have never had a Fire. I have Life Insurance and it is not only the kind that is on paper and is used when I die.
RB October 23, 2012 at 01:13 PM
A restraining order was in effect that required him to give up any guns. He should not have been able to buy the gun. If there was a background check and waiting period for all gun sales in Wisconsin the authorities could have prevented this from happening.
RonnieTheLimoDriver October 23, 2012 at 01:39 PM
RB, there is a background check in WI. There is a background check in every state. It is run by the FBI and called the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Every purchaser must fill out a form 4473, which the FFL/Gun Store then electronically submits and waits for a near instant response if the purchase is allowed. Clearly the system did not work properly THIS TIME, but that does not mean we need more laws. We need to enforce the ones we have. Please try to learn about a topic before you spread misinformation.
Tim Froehlig October 23, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Keep proving my point with your odd logic, I am enjoying it. 2/3 of states that have concealed carry, from YOUR own source, have lower crime rates, and yet somehow you find a way to say that's a bad thing? Wow.
Tim Froehlig October 23, 2012 at 05:05 PM
I encounter dangerous car drivers every single time I drive somewhere, without exception. I don't encounter a dangerous gun owner every time I leave my house. Sorry if you can't see my point, but I deal in facts. Sorry that bugs you.
Tim Froehlig October 23, 2012 at 05:06 PM
All this does is prove yet again, that if criminals want to get guns, they will, legal or not. Or hasn't anyone figured that part out yet?
Tim Froehlig October 23, 2012 at 05:06 PM
What are you gonna do, round up half a billion guns? Keep dreaming.
Brian L. October 23, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Right, but in cars we aren't dealing with an item that's sole purpose upon invention was to kill something easier. I understand your fear of cars. That is why we require testing, a special license for all who want to drive, suspension of privileges for even a few minor offenses, insurance to cover those who you, using your car end up hurting. But again, a gun...purpose built to make killing easier....many people feel that restrictions on that are outlandish and wrong.
Brian L. October 23, 2012 at 05:28 PM
I guess I just don't get why you call me out for refusing to acknowledge good (which i did) when you yourself are ignoring the bad. You refuse to look at the other side as well. It's great that the other states have lower crime, and perhaps CC plays a part in that. But if conceal carry is such a massive crime deterrent, we shouldn't be 17th on the list of violent crime rates. You are so stuck in the saying that owning and carrying a gun is the best way to stop violent crime that you can't see that there are other factors at play as well. My whole point isn't that CC doesn't ever work, it's that it doesn't play as big a role as you want it to. There are many other factors at play as well, attributing to 16 states having higher violent crime rates then Illinois and a higher national rate this year as well (with 49 states having some type of CC in the past year.) All it is doing is adding to the flood of guns in the United States.
Dan Cox October 23, 2012 at 05:37 PM
There are those who believe that society will be some kind of utopia if all gun's were only in the Police and Military's hand's. They forget that this is exactly what happened in Europe, right before WW2. That did not work out so well, huh? Albert Einstein once said " I do not fear the Madman, I fear the crowd that stands by and does nothing." or the old phrase, All Evil needs to succeed is for good men to do nothing to stop it! What can you DO, when you have nothing to DO something with? If you choose not to have an Insurance Policy against sudden violent attack, that is your choice, as for me, I will prepared to Defend my life and the Lives of my Family at all time's. My Family depend's on me and I am not willing to be some Madman's victim.
Brian L. October 23, 2012 at 09:12 PM
You are trying to paint with a broad brush of fear. I know we don't and never will live in a Utopian society. Weapons will always be available, I just don't see the need for such easy access for all. There isn't a quick fix for America's gun violence. I know that as well. All I can hope is that perhaps my son, or eventually his children don't need to be trained to shoot someone to safely go to school or a movie. As for your quotes, they are strong. They also don't say that the crowd doing nothing needs a gun, or without a gun you can't stop evil. Things can get done without resorting to or reciprocating with extreme violence. As for good men doing nothing to stop it, aren't you doing nothing to alleviate the main issue of gun violence? You seem to choose to not try and prevent crimes from happening but to either send the assailant on to his next victim or maim/kill him.
Jim October 24, 2012 at 03:34 AM
And you are worried about guns!!!!!!! Alcohol causes nearly 4 percent of deaths worldwide, more than AIDS, tuberculosis or violence, the World Health Organization warned on Friday. Rising incomes have triggered more drinking in heavily populated countries in Africa and Asia, including India and South Africa, and binge drinking is a problem in many developed countries, the United Nations agency said. Yet alcohol control policies are weak and remain a low priority for most governments despite drinking's heavy toll on society from road accidents, violence, disease, child neglect and job absenteeism, it said. Approximately 2.5 million people die each year from alcohol related causes, the WHO said in its "Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health."
Dan Cox October 24, 2012 at 10:27 AM
Concealed Carry is coming to Illinois, finally. With it come's, Gun's being in place's where they have never been before, in Women's Purse's, Car Console's, etc. The number of Gun's in the hand's of the Public will increase dramaticaly. In Wisconsin, there are over 100,000 CCW License holder's. The Children must be taught how to respond to finding a Gun or people will be injured or Killed, right here in Evanston.
Jim October 24, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Dan, Seems responsible folks have largely managed to protect themselves and their children from poisons in the home, gas stoves and appliances, electricity, things falling out of cabinets, automobiles, bicycles, slippery steps, insects, golf balls, baseballs, etc, etc. They will figure out how to manage safety as it pertains to guns. Most people who support concealed carry will never carry a gun.
Dan Cox October 25, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Jim, you logic is flawed, people do not think a child will find the Gun. The Child needs to know what to do, if they do find a Gun, perhaps one discarded by a criminal. You can assume all will be fine, but I do not ass-u-me !
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