Though Zina Haughton had been through hell and back with her husband for some time, she had just recently taken the proper steps to get him out of her life. She had sought out a restraining order that would keep Radcliffe Haughton, an ex-marine, out of her life for at least four years. According to the Los Angeles Times, Radcliffe had slashed her tires, fought with her, threatened to throw acid on her, and set her on fire. If that wasn’t enough, during a standoff with police last year, he allegedly pointed a gun at her. (Police claim they didn’t arrest him because Zina was uncooperative and claimed she wasn’t in danger. And though charges were still sought by the police department, the officer who thought he saw the gun couldn’t find time to attend a hearing.) Though Zina was ready to move on, sadly, Radcliffe wasn’t, which is why he went to her place of work on Sunday and went on a shooting spree. He killed not only Zina at the Brookfield, Wisc. spa and hair salon that she worked at, but took out two other women, injured four other women critically in front of her daughter, and himself.
The ex-marine was already arrested in early October for harassing his wife at the same spa and hair salon by slashing her tires. After that incident, Zina proceeded to seek out the restraining order. According to her, he had been terrorizing her for a while, and though she had sought out the restraining order, it was only just approved last week. This order was supposed to keep him from being able to own a firearm on top of other things, but things came to a head on Sunday when Radcliffe burst into the Azana Salon and Spa, shooting Zina and others. Her daughter from a previous relationship was present at the time of the shooting since she also worked there and she allegedly said that her stepfather went into the establishment trying to shoot as many people as he could. He initially tried to flee, but Radcliffe later later tried to set the salon and spa on fire and proceeded to lock himself in a section of the spa where he shot himself.
According to his father, Radcliffe Haughton, Sr, who talked to an ABC affiliate, his son hadn’t shown any violent signs or made any threats that he knew about. But the elder Radcliffe does admit that he only talked to him every once in a blue moon and that he hadn’t seen him since last year. “All I can say is, I want to apologize to the people of Milwaukee who have been hurt. He did not give me any hint of what he would do.” Talking to a FOX affiliate, Radcliffe’s former anatomy professor from a technical college, Geoffrey Lee, said that he in fact noticed the man’s whole demeanor change in the last month or so, so much that he could barely finish a test just a few weeks ago:
“He tried taking the test. I could tell he couldn’t focus. After five, 10 minutes, he couldn’t focus, so he turned his test in. As he turned his test in, I said, ‘Why don’t you do it Friday?’ and he looked really sad. At that point, I gave him a big hug and I said to him, ‘You look like you could use a big hug.’ ”
Seems that Radcliffe Haughton could have used some help more than anything else. Zina and Radcliffe had a child together who, interestingly enough, was residing with him up until the shooting. According to court documents for the order, Zina Haughton said they were in the process of getting divorced.
Did you hear about this sad news?