This past summer we saw a truly unfortunate series of mass shootings across America. Days after the tragic shooting in Aurora, Colorado (known as The Dark Knight shooting), another mass shooting took place in Wisconsin at a Sikh temple. Sadly, residents of Wisconsin are once again victims of a mass shooting, as a gunman opened fire in a mall just hours ago. Police and SWAT team members are on the scene now. Click inside to learn more.
The HuffPost has the report:
A mass shooting occurred on Sunday near a mall in Wisconsin, WISN 12 News reports.
The incident took place near Brookfield Square Mall in Brookfield, Wis.
UPDATE: The shooting suspect has been identified as 45-year-old Radcliffe Haughton, according to sources at Reuters. Haughton may have been in an ongoing domestic dispute with a woman who worked at the Azana Spa. NBC News reported that a judge filed a protection order against him days ago.
Haughton is still at large.
A hospital spokeswoman told CNN that at least seven people have been shot. According to the AP, four people have been brought to the hospital with [sic] non-life threatening injuries. Three more patients are expected at the hospital soon.
No fatalities have been reported.
CNN reports that the shooting may have occurred at the Azana Spa in the area. The shooting may be part of an ongoing domestic dispute, in which someone at the spa was going through a divorce, NBC News reports.
WTMJ, a local radio station, reports that the suspect is still at large. Authorities are searching for a 6-foot-1-inch, 270 pound African-American man with a bald head and brown eyes. He may have been driving a black 2003 Mazda.
Medical and emergency personnel have arrived on the scene. The mall, as well as some nearby roads and businesses, have been placed on lockdown.
WISN reports that the FBI is sending staff to help out local authorities.
It was the second mass shooting in Wisconsin this year. Wade Michael Page, a 40-year-old Army veteran and white supremacist, killed six people and injured three others before fatally shooting himself Aug. 5 at a Sikh temple south of Milwaukee.
The shooting at the mall took place less than a mile from where seven people were killed and four wounded on March 12, 2005, when a gunman opened fire at a Living Church of God service held at a hotel.
After the shootings this summer I read an article about how many Americans have accepted gun violence as a cultural norm and I hope (against hope) that this does not become yet another new story that gets easily forgotten. Desensitization to violence is one of the problems here, I think. Many of us reacted strongly to the news of the Colorado shooting back in July and I truly hope that we all become more and more aware of the impact of violence in our country and in other countries.
Now when the HuffPost first published this, it was reported that no fatalities occurred. We now know (due to the live News video) that three people have died and four others are injured. Please send positive thoughts and well wishes to the affected individuals and families in Wisconsin.