Salvation Army Assisting After Mass Shooting At Wisconsin Salon
Brookfield, Wisconsin (October 22, 2012) - The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Team (EDS) was on site at a location near the mass shooting at the Azana Salon & Spa in Brookfield, providing hydration and spiritual support to first responders and family members of victims. Three were killed and four were injured in the shooting which occurred around 11:00 a.m. Sunday, October 21st.
45-year-old Radcliffe Haughton, the gunman in Sunday’s shooting at Azana Salon & Spa was found dead — reportedly from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Haughton’s body was found inside the Azana Salon & Spa building.
Witnesses described a terrifying scene on a beautiful crisp, fall day in southeastern Wisconsin.
“We see about 10 people run out of the building with their arms up, screaming. We saw some woman crawl out the front door, roll down the hill and police scooped her up and took off with her. Then we heard a loud scream. Then they picked up another woman,” one witness told FOX6 News.
Officials in SWAT gear swept buildings in and around Brookfield Square Mall, as officials believed for much of Sunday afternoon that the shooter was still on the loose.
“I have two kids — two children. They were concerned. They’ve never seen the SWAT Team in action,” a witness said.
Brookfield Square Mall, Froedtert Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin were placed on lockdown for a period of time Sunday afternoon as officials searched for the gunman.
“They were instructing people not to leave the mall — kind of locking people in from the entrances,” another witness told FOX6 News.
Gurmukh Singh, a member of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin was at the scene Sunday assisting the Salvation Army. He became a volunteer because of the mass shooting at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek just 77 days ago that claimed the life of six worshippers before the gunman, Wade Michael Page turned the gun on himself.
“Just even driving up and seeing the magnitude of the law eforcement response and seeing the towers from the news vans just kind of sends chills down my spine,” Singh said.
Singh said he was there to offer comfort to those in need.
“Most of the time it was just putting a hand on the shoulder and just let them know everything’s gonna be okay,” Singh said.
Salvation Army volunteers planned to help out at the scene until the incident was resolved.