At least three people were killed and four others were injured in a shooting at a spa and beauty salon near a mall on the outskirts of Milwaukee, Wisconsin (U.S.), and the suspect is still in missing, according to police and hospital sources.
The police chief in Brookfield, Dan Tushaus, said in a press conference that three of the shooting victims have died and four others are injured.
Police have released a photo of the suspect, a black man, 45, identified as Radcliffe Haughton, and asked anyone who sees it to contact the authorities immediately.
Haughton’s vehicle, a 2003 Mazda, has been located, but the suspect is still missing.
According Tushaus, explosives were found in the spa where the shooting took place apparently placed by the suspect.
Thomas Ahern, a spokesman for the Agency for the Control of Alcohol, Snuff, Firearms and Explosives (ATF, in English), told CNN that the shooting is being investigated as an incident of domestic violence.
According to local television, Haughton is the husband of one of the employees of Azana Salon & Spa, located next to the Brookfield Square mall.
At the spa the shooting occurred around 11.00 local time (16.00 GMT) when Haughton allegedly entered the room and started shooting, according to the account of Ahern.
Television networks have been intermittently showing images of the mall, located just outside of Milwaukee, surrounded by ambulances and police and fire vehicles.
Agents of the FBI and the ATF are also in the scene conducting preliminary investigations.
In 2005 a man killed seven people during a religious service in a hotel near this mall.
On August 5 at least seven people were killed in a shooting at a temple of the Sikh community also located just outside Milwaukee.
Just two weeks earlier, on July 20, 12 people died and 52 were injured in another shooting at a cinema in the town of Aurora, near Denver (Colorado).