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Dad of Spa Shooting Suspect: 'My Son Is A Good Person'

Details of shooting suspect begin to emerge as Patch obtains interview with Haughton's father in Florida.

The father of Brookfield shooting suspect Radcliffe Haughton told Patch Sunday afternoon that his son was in the local car business and that he "put his wife on a pedestal."

But the father—named Radcliffe Haughton Sr.—acknowledged the marriage had problems. He said that his son was a Jamaica native who moved to Milwaukee as an adult.

"I'm his father," his dad told Patch from his home in Florida before his son's body was discovered inside the spa Sunday afternoon. "My son is a good person. I can't tell you what I think happened. My son loved his wife, and he put his wife on a pedestal, and he cared about her. He raised her daughter which he accepts as his stepdaughter, and they have one child together. She is now 13."

The younger Haughton moved to Milwaukee as an adult to manage a Waukesha car dealership, his father said.

"Yes, he is always into the car business. He loved the cars, that was his MO. He could tell you anything about cars. He was a salesperson."

Before Milwaukee, the family lived in Illinois, in Highwood and Northbrook, the father said.

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Asked what had happened, the father said, "I don't know. I'm here in Florida. I just came from from a funeral, and my wife was on the phone and that's how this reached me."

He said the funeral was not for another family member.

Pressed on whether his son had slashed his estranged wife's tires, and why there was a restraining order against him that was just issued in court, the father said: "They have been having problems. I am not going to go into details, lady."

Patch also interviewed a former co-worker of the suspect

The co-worker described Haughton as "very private," said that he had worked with him at Concours Motors a few years ago.

Court records show that the suspect's wages were garnished by the court's system from his job at Concours Motors, 1400 W. Silver Spring Dr., a luxury car dealer. That was as the result of a monetary judgment in a civil case.

"He left there years ago," said the co-worker, who did not want his name used. "He came from International Autos and also worked for Fields in Waukesha. He did work for Concourse Motors as well as numerous other local car dealerships."

International Autos is located in West Allis. Fields is located in Waukesha.

He is also listed online as a manager at a Madison car dealership.

Court and property tax records show that Haughton owned a house in Brown Deer. His Linked In profile states that he is the owner of something called Haughton International Corporations.

The restraining order was filed against him in Milwaukee County Circuit Court on Oct. 18, in which he was prohibited from possessing a firearm. He was also the subject of a disorderly conduct criminal charge in Milwaukee County Circuit Court in 2011, but it was dismissed when an "essential witness failed to appear," according to court records.

People who knew Haughton took to Facebook to write about it.

“I know the shooter. Personally. I’ve known Radcliffe Houghton(sic) for 9 years,” wrote one man. “He lives less than 300 feet from my parent’s house.”

The man continued, “I used to go to Taylor’s with dude...he used to work at the Land Rover dealership in Glendale. He sold me my truck!”

Another woman who knew him wrote on the man’s thread, “he seemed normal too.” She said she had rented to the man and his family when they lived in Bayside.

A photo of a man on a Google website with Haughton's name shows him pointing a gun at the camera. The name of the Brown Deer suspect's estranged wife appears on that man's website as a contact person.

Scott L October 22, 2012 at 11:40 PM
A little too late: http://fox6now.com/2012/10/22/lawmakers-to-reintroduce-bill-in-wake-of-azana-salon-spa-shooting/
Jacob B October 23, 2012 at 03:54 PM
So you are saying our military members are evil? What about police who point weapons at others to protect your sorry butt? Get off your pedestal princess and pray that those who are willing to defend you are there when you need them.
Jason J October 23, 2012 at 04:01 PM
The laws regarding ownership of firearms are in place, the problem is most of that information is not available to those who do the background checks. A few examples of the failures, People who can not possess firearms by Fedral Law: 1, Illegals 2, Felons 3, Drug addicts 4, If they have been adjudicated as mentally incompetent, or involuntarily commited to a mental health institution 5, Those with Dishonorable discharge from the military 6, With any conviction of Domestic Violence where force was used or threatened. The issue is much of this information is not available to Background investigators or to Police (when checking to see if guns can be returned) That is the failure of the gun ownership law as it stands. Yes I am pro-gun and do carry concealed as well.
Jason J October 23, 2012 at 04:52 PM
I hope that you don't try to conceal a FN 57, you would telegraph that you are carrying all day long. Also a 57 for CCW seems a bit like you are trying to over compensate, or look tough on the forums. The over penetration from that round would put bystanders in harms way after it travels through the perps head or torso. I would stick with something a little more conventional like my Glock 30 that I carry.
Tracy October 24, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Well said, Randy. I cannot imagine how the father must feel. If, God forbid, any of my children committed a crime such as this, I do not think I would be able to turn my back on them. Would I condone what they did? No. Would I have no choice but to accept whatever punishment they received? Yes, absolutely. But our children are simply our children, and most parents are unable to renounce unconditional love for their children. Doesn't mean that they are happy about the circumstances.

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