Manhunt for Shooting Spree Suspect Bradley Stone Intensifies in 2nd Day | NBC 10 Philadelphia

Manhunt for Shooting Spree Suspect Bradley Stone Intensifies in 2nd Day

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri-Ferman updates search efforts in the hours before Brad Stone's body was found in a field near his home. (Published Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014)

Update: Brad Stone's body found in a wooded area near his home in Pennsburg, Pa.

For a second day, authorities were combing Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, towns for the former Marine accused of gunning down his ex-wife and six other members of her family. They have intensified the search, but remain unsure where suspect Bradley Stone might be hiding.

"We will find Mr. Stone," Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said at a news conference Tuesday surrounded by police chiefs, prosecutors and federal agents.

"We are accessing every possible resource and we are utilizing every possible law enforcement tool," she added.

Prosecutors released this photo of Bradley Stone, the man suspected of going on a shooting spree in Montgomery County, Pa. on Dec. 15. This photo was taken in November with his personal cell phone, prosecutors said. The photo on the right has been digitally-enhanced to show what he might look like now.
Photo credit: Montgomery County District Attorney

Stone, 35, has not been seen since just before 5 a.m. Monday as he rushed his screaming children out of their mother's apartment in Harleysville. Moments before, neighbors and police said he gunned down the woman, Nicole Hill Stone. She was the last of seven family members he shot that morning, prosecutors said.

The children were left in his neighborhood in Pennsburg and he fled, officials said. The girls, along with Stone's current wife and infant are now in protective custody, Vetri Ferman said.

Hill Stone's mother, grandmother, sister, brother-in-law and niece were all killed in the shootings. Autopsies on the victims have begun, the DA said.

The lone survivor is her 17-year-old nephew, Anthony Flick. He remains in serious, but stable condition and is surrounded by family at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, the DA said.

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[PHI] Timeline of Montgomery County Killing Spree
It began early Monday morning when accused gunman Bradley Stone shot and killed several members of his ex-wife's family. (Published Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014)

"I cannot emphasize enough how serious his condition is, but at least at this point, we are hopeful that he will be fine," Vetri Ferman said.

A vigil will be held for the victims at 6 p.m. along Broad Street in Souderton.

Prosecutors released an updated photo of Stone, an apparent selfie, found on his personal cellphone when it was recovered along with his vehicle. Taken in November, Stone wore what appeared to be a green military jacket, red beard and a vacant expression on his face.

A digitally-enchaced version, sans-beard, was also released because prosecutors believe that it more closely depicts his current look.

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The Montgomery County shooting spree that left a woman and five family members dead was fueled by a custody battle between the woman and her ex-husband Brad Stone, according to police. NBC10's Lu Ann Cahn has the story. (Published Monday, Dec. 15, 2014)

Stone served eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and was briefly deployed to Iraq in 2008. Fellow Marines who served with him described the man as odd and said that he had a tultmoutious relationship with his ex-wife. Hill Stone's neighbors and friends told NBC10 the woman warned Stone would kill her.

Vetri Ferman said eight SWAT teams searched many locations known to Stone during their first day effort. However, none turned up clues about his whereabouts. Detectives did find some forensic evidence, but didn't elaborate as to what was found.

Bradley Stone (pictured left) is suspected in the shooting deaths of six people, including his ex-wife Nicole Hill (pictured right), the Montgomery County District Attorney said. He was found dead on Tuesday.
Photo credit: NBC10

A supposed sighting of a man that fit Stone's description involved in an attempted carjacking in Doylestown Monday night "did not appear to be valid," she said.

Police, bolstered with help from Pennsylvania State Police, the FBI and U.S. Marshals, are focusing their efforts on Tuesday in the northwest part of the county where he lived and frequented, Vetri Ferman said.

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[PHI] Man Matching Stone's Description Tries to Carjack Bucks Co. Resident
A man wearing fatigues and matching the description of Brad Stone approached another man walking his dog and used a knife to demand keys. The targeted victim had a gun and turned the tables on the suspect, said police. NBC10's Denise Nakano has the details. (Published Monday, Dec. 15, 2014)

The district attorney thanked the public for their assistance and patience. Schools in Upper Perkiomen, where Stone lives, were closed Tuesday and other districts — Souderton and Pennridge — were under lockdown.

Saying she didn't want to alarm anyone, Vetri Ferman reminded residents that Stone is considered armed and dangerous.

Police investigated four scenes in Montgomery County as part of the shooting spree involving suspected gunman Bradley Stone. Officials said shootings took place at three of the locations -- Harleysville, Lansdale and Souderton. The fourth location, in Pennsburg, is where SWAT officers searched for Stone, near his home. They found his body not far from his home on Tuesday.

"While the specific victims that we are dealing with were individuals that were close to him, members of his family; in a situation like this, where someone is on the run, there could certainly be a risk to others," Vetri Ferman said.

Officials are warning anyone who may spot Stone to call 911 immediately and not to approach him.


Contact Vince Lattanzio at 610.668.5532, vince.lattanzio@nbcuni.com or follow @VinceLattanzio on Twitter.

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[PHI] Montco DA Details Deadly Shooting Spree
About 12 hours after a deadly shooting spree began in Montgomery County Monday morning, District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman addressed the public, confirming that Brad Stone is the man they are actively pursuing in connection with the deaths of six people. (Published Monday, Dec. 15, 2014)

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