Pennsylvania Gunman Found Dead in Woods

Bradley Stone accused of killing ex-wife and 5 of her family members
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2014 2:12 PM CST
Pennsylvania Gunman Found Dead in Woods
This undated photo shows Bradley William Stone, 35, of Pennsburg, Pa.   (AP Photo/Montgomery County Office of the District Attorney)

The hunt for a 35-year-old man accused of killing his ex-wife and five others in her family is over in Pennsylvania: Authorities found the body of Bradley Stone in the woods near his house in Pennsburg, reports NBC Philadelphia. Stone had "self-inflicted cutting wounds to the center of his body," and police found a knife nearby. He apparently committed suicide after yesterday's rampage in which he killed former wife Nicole Stone along with her mother, grandmother, sister, brother-in-law, and niece. The only survivor is a 17-year-old nephew who was seriously wounded. Victims were shot and slashed with a knife.

Stone reportedly recorded a video on a phone found either on him or nearby, but police did not reveal its contents. Stone had been in a bitter custody dispute with his wife over their two daughters. He dropped the two girls off unharmed at a neighbor's house after shooting their mother, authorities say. Stone is a former Marine, and a neighbor tells the Philadelphia Inquirer that he was a "great guy and an excellent father" in the early years of the marriage. "And then he went away to Iraq and came back and was a completely different man." The newspaper notes that among his Facebook favorites was the National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. (More Pennsylvania stories.)

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