October 22, 2012 - 09:48 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Three people have been killed, and four others injured, after a man starting shooting at a beauty spa in Brookfield in the U.S. state of Wisconsin, according to BBC News.
Police said the suspect, identified as Radcliffe Haughton, 45, was later found dead at the scene with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
A large number of police had arrived at the Azana spa after witnesses said they saw a man with a gun. Reports say the incident stemmed from a domestic dispute. The shooting began around 11:15 (15:15 GMT).
Several areas near the spa - including a shopping centre, a country club and a hospital - were locked down, as police searched for the suspect.
A quick reaction Swat team and hostage negotiators were sent to the scene - in addition to FBI personnel. At least 20 fire, ambulance and police vehicles were also deployed, in addition to a medical helicopter on the ground.
Police initially said they had discovered an "improvised explosive device", but later said that was not the case.
The White House issued a statement saying Barack and Michelle Obama's thoughts and prayers were with the victims of "this horrible shooting" and their families.
It was the second mass shooting in Wisconsin this year.
In August, Wade Michael Page, a U.S. Army veteran with ties to white-power groups, killed six people as they prepared for a service at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee.
Seven people were killed in March 2005, when a gunman opened fire at a Living Church of God service held at a hotel.