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Wis. mass-shooting 911 calls released, witnesses share story

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Recently released audio tapes of the emergency call made in the day spa mass-shooting paint a chilling picture of what happened in Wisconsin over the weekend, and what first responders heard.

Wisconsin police said they have much more work to do at the scene, at the salon where Radcliffe Haughton fatally shot three women, including his estranged wife Zina Haughton.

They are trying to piece together a sequence of events based on evidence they're still gathering from the scene, witness accounts and the 911 tapes just released to the media of the moments after he opened fire at around 11 a.m. Sunday.

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Bits and pieces of audio indicate the gunman may have been the caller's step-father, and that one person may have been shot in the head and was bleeding profusely.

The step-daughter who made the 911 call is safe Monday, and so is her sister. Their mother, Zina Haughton, did not survive the mass shooting.

Radcliffe Haughton turned the gun on himself after killing the others. He was armed with a .40 caliber automatic weapon. He wasn't supposed to be near her, or have a gun. Zina Haughton followed all legal steps to protect herself from her abusive husband, taking out a restraining order, according to court records.

SEE: Gunman ordered to turn in weapons prior to mass-shooting in Wisconsin

Four women inside the salon were injured in addition to the three women who were killed.

Betty Brunner was a witness inside Azana Salon and Spa at the time of the shooting. She hadn't been to the salon in some time, but was able to get an appointment in with Zina Haughton, her favorite stylist.

When Haughton went to get her client coffee, Brunner said she noticed the shadow of a man with a gun.

"I saw him spin and when he spun, he pointed the gun directly at the reception desk and told everybody to get down" Brunner recalls.

She crammed herself close to a wall, when she heard Zina's voice.

Police said Haughton's wife tried to calm him down as the women tried to run, but she could not stop him. 

"She just said, ‘Calm down sir. What do you want? We'll give you anything that you want. These are good people and there's no reason to do anything here,'" Brunner says.

Radcliffe Haughton grew up in grew up in the northern suburbs, and his slain estranged wife has family in McHenry County.

Authorities said he then shot his wife and 6 others in the salon.

35-year-old Cary Robuck and 38-year-old Maelyn Lind were killed along with 42-year-old Zina Haughton. Police add Radcliffe Haughton, the alleged gunman, took his own life.

4 others were taken to a Milwaukee area hospital. One was released today, another whose condition was upgraded from critical to stable, and two others are also in stable condition.

Brunner says Radcliffe Haughton came within a few feet of where she crouched to grab his backpack.

"He reached down to what I assumed was to get another clip out. And I that time I just held my breath and pretended to be dead," Brunner told FOX Chicago.

She's grateful tonight for a woman she credits with saving her life.

"Amazing, wonderful lady. She loved her daughters and was a true hero on Sunday. She was the one who diffused the situation. She's the one that tried to keep things as calm as possible," Brenner said.

Zina Haughton's father said she was beautiful, and can't believe she's gone. Her parents live in Johnsburg, Ill. They were too upset to talk on camera Monday, but her father did say he was outraged that someone would take her away.

Haughton lived in Wheeling with Zina 10 years ago, and their former neighbors said they never saw any indication that he could turn violent. They were stunned when they saw his photo and description on the news.

"We knew him. We met when he first met his wife and everything else," one neighbor said. "I don't know what more to say about him. He was nice fellow, but who knows."

Radcliffe Haughton's father lives in Florida. He issued an apology to victim when police phoned and told him what his son did, apologizing to their families and the community.

Zina's father said he is still looking for a way to deal with losing his daughter.

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