Schools close as Pennsylvania manhunt intensifies for killer of 6

Suspected Killer Bradley William Stone remained at large early Tuesday, causing one school district to close while an intense manhunt spread to their areas.

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Authorities say Stone, 35, killed his ex-wife and five of her family members, including her mother and grandmother, in an area outside Philadelphia early Monday. He has been on the loose since, and nearby residents were asked to stay in their homes Monday evening while the search continued.

At an evening news briefing, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman declined to discuss the weapon or weapons involved in the slayings, and said authorities did not know if Stone was traveling on foot.

Matt Rourke/AP Photo
Matt Rourke/AP Photo

Stone likely was wearing military fatigues, Ferman said. She added that he sometimes used a cane or walker.

“As I stand here right now, we do not know where he is,” Ferman said.

We actually recovered his vehicle and his personal cell phone, so we do not have information about how he might be traveling.”

The rampage started in Souderton, at the home of Bradley Stone’s former sister-in-law, and ended about 90 minutes later at Nicole Stone’s apartment in nearby Harleysville, Ferman said.

Screenshot photo of Gunman Bradley William Stone
Screenshot photo of Gunman Bradley William Stone

His former wife, 33-year-old Nicole Stone, was found dead after a neighbor saw Stone fleeing just before 5 a.m. Monday with their two young daughters. The daughters were later found at a neighbor’s home.)

Police then made the grim discovery of five people killed in two other houses: Nicole Stone’s sister, brother-in-law and 14-year-old niece were dead. A 17-year-old nephew was left clinging to life. And her mother and grandmother had been fatally shot.

Matt Rourke/AP Photo

According to KYW, Stone is a Marine veteran who served Iraq in 2008 and was discharged from the Reserves in 2011.

Authorities said Stone should be considered armed and dangerous, reports CBS Philadelphia station KYW-TV.


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