Pa. Gunman on the Loose After 6 Killed

Police warn that Bradley William Stone is armed and dangerous
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2014 6:30 AM CST
Updated Dec 16, 2014 7:40 AM CST
Pa. Gunman on the Loose After 6 Killed
This undated photo provided by the Montgomery County Office of the District Attorney in Norristown, Pa., shows Bradley William Stone, 35, of Pennsburg, Pa.   (AP Photo/Montgomery County Office of the District Attorney)

Details are coming to light in yesterday's shooting spree north of Philadelphia, as police search for the suspect and communities in Montgomery and Bucks counties hunker down. Bradley William Stone, a 35-year-old former Marine reservist who spent a few months in Iraq and is said to have PTSD, is suspected of killing his ex-wife and five of his former in-laws, CNN reports. The first 911 call came in around 4:30am yesterday, and police found Stone's former mother-in-law and former grandmother-in-law dead in a house in Lansdale. Shortly thereafter, a neighbor of Stone's ex-wife, Nicole, also called 911; police found Nicole Stone, 33, dead at an apartment in Lower Salford. The couple's two daughters, believed to be around 8 and 5 years old, lived with Nicole Stone, but they were unharmed; Stone dropped them off with one of his neighbors in Pennsburg around 5:30am. The Stones divorced in 2009 and were said to be in a bitter custody dispute.

Around 8am, police found Nicole Stone's sister, her husband, and their 14-year-old daughter dead in their home in Souderton; their 17-year-old son was wounded and is being treated in a Philadelphia hospital. Before the teen was taken out of the house on a stretcher, SWAT teams had surrounded the home and Stone was believed to have barricaded himself inside, ABC News reports. But upon entering the home after firing a diversionary device, officers did not find Stone, NBC Philadelphia reports. A man resembling Stone and wearing fatigues attacked a man in Doylestown, in neighboring Bucks County, last night, demanding his car keys; the man had a gun and fired shots at the suspect, who was last seen running into the woods. "We do not know where he is," says the district attorney, who noted that officials have his vehicle, so it's not clear how he's traveling. Schools in Upper Perkiomen have closed today as a precaution. (More shootings stories.)

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