US spa shooter terrorized his wife ‘every waking moment’
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An American woman whose husband is suspected in a fatal spa shooting said he threatened to throw acid in her face and terrorized her "every waking moment", according to court documents. Officials on Monday said the woman was among those killed.
Authorities said Radcliffe Franklin Haughton, 45, killed three women, wounded four, and then turned the gun on himself Sunday at the Wisconsin spa where his wife worked.
(The story broke late on Sunday night India time, and initial reports said seven people had been injured.)
In a written request for a restraining order filed October 8, Zina Haughton, 42, who was killed at the spa, said her husband was convinced she was cheating on him and that he also vowed to burn her and her family with gas. He said he would kill her if she ever left him or called police, according to court papers obtained Monday by the AP.
"His threats terrorize my every waking moment," she wrote.
Haughton was arrested earlier this month for slashing his wife's tyres, and prohibited from owning a firearm.
Police responded last year to reports of domestic violence at the Haughton home. Radcliffe Haughton was charged with disorderly conduct, but the charge was later dismissed because a witness failed to appear in court.
Brookfield Police chief Dan Tushaus said he wasn't aware of a motive in Sunday's shooting. "I can tell you we're not seeking additional suspects," he said at a news conference Sunday evening.
A .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun was used in the attack, authorities said.
On learning of his son's death, Haughton's father, Radcliffe Haughton, Sr., only said, "This is very sad."
Sunday's incident 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 before fatally shooting himself on August 5 at a Sikh temple.DINESH RAMDE