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6 Dead, 1 Wounded and Gunman on the Loose in Montgomery County Shooting Spree

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)

Update: Brad Stone's body found in field near his home and military acquaintances recount odd reputation and issues with ex-wife.


A manhunt is underway for a former Marine reservist who prosecutors say went on a shooting spree early Monday killing six family members, including his ex-wife, and wounding a teen in three towns across Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

Bradley William Stone, 35 of Pennsburg, is considered armed and dangerous. Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said police are actively searching for him and residents of one town are being asked to lock themselves indoors.

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

Stone stands 5-feet-10-inches tall and weighs 195 lbs. He is believed to be clean-shaven, but earlier officials said he could have a red beard and close-cropped hair. He is known to use a cane or walker to assist in moving, Vetri Ferman said. He may also be wearing military fatigues — either green or brown.

The man served more than eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and was deployed to Iraq, according to a Marine Corps spokesman. During his time, he earned several medals and his specialty was Artillery Meteorological Man — effectively a meteorologist that monitors weather conditions to ensure military fire accuracy.

Family friends and neighbors who know Stone said he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and was discharged from the military because of it.

SWAT officers used military-grade vehicles and equipment to search Stone's home in the town of Pennsburg and the surrounding area. But so far have no definitive idea of where he may be.

Man Matching Stone's Description Tries to Carjack Bucks Co. Resident

[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)

"We actually recovered his vehicle and his personal cell phone so we do not have information about how he might be traveling," Vetri Ferman said. She asked for the public to keep an eye out for Stone and call 911 right away if they spot him.

A man, wearing fatigues and fitting Stone's description, attempted to carjack a driver at knifepoint in the Doylestown, Bucks County area shortly before 8 p.m., county dispatchers tell NBC10. The carjacking victim then fired shots at the man as he fled into the woods, officials said.

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.

Police spent four hours searching the area -- locking down the Central Bucks YMCA and Stonington Farms Apartments. Philadelphia Police sent one of their tatical helicopters, equipped with an infrared camera, to the area to help, officials said.

Having turned up nothing, the search was suspended around midnight, but officials asked residents to remain vigilent.

Among Stone's seven victims is his former wife, Nicole Hill Stone. She was shot inside her apartment in the Harleysville section of Lower Salford Township, just feet from their kids, around 4:55 a.m., police sources, prosecutors and neighbors tell NBC10.

“I heard the kids say, ‘Mommy no. We need my mom. I want my mom.’ And I heard [the suspect] say ‘Let’s go. We have to go now. We’re leaving,’” the woman’s next-door neighbor, at the Pheasant Run Apartments along 150 Main Street, said.

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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)

Moments after being jolted awake by the gunshots and hearing the yelling, the woman saw the children, believed to be 8-and 5-years-old, and a man running to a car parked outside.

“I opened the window and I asked him ‘Is everything OK?’ He just looked at me and said ‘She’s hurt pretty bad. We have to leave. She’s hurt.’ And he just got in the car and just left," she said.

Neighbor: Stone Said Ex-Wife Was 'Hurt Pretty Bad'

[PHI] Neighbor: Stone Said Ex-Wife Was 'Hurt Pretty Bad'
NBC10's Tim Furlong is in Harleysville, Pa. where a man allegedly killed his ex-wife and then left the house with their two children, telling a neighbor "she [his ex-wife] is hurt pretty bad." (Published Monday, Dec. 15, 2014)

When police arrived, they found the mother dead inside the second-floor apartment, police sources tell NBC10. Two bullet holes dotted the apartment's outer wall.

The children were located safe at the home of Stone's neighbor in Pennsburg, Vetri Ferman said.

Police Search for Alleged Spree Shooter

[PHI] Police Search for Alleged Spree Shooter
NBC10's Lu Ann Cahn is at the police station in Harleysville where new information is expected soon. Bradley Stone allegedly killed his ex-wife and then members of her family, traveling from town to town in Montgomery County. (Published Monday, Dec. 15, 2014)

Hill Stone was last on her ex-husband's hit list, the prosecutor said.

Stone shot the woman's mother, Jo Anne Koder, and her 75-year-old grandmother, Patricia Hill, inside their home along W. Fifth and Pierce Streets in Lansdale around 4:25 a.m., Vetri Ferman said.

Keep Your Doors Locked: Police

[PHI] Keep Your Doors Locked: Police
SWAT teams are on alert and the police have told neighbors to keep their doors locked as the search for Bradley Stone continues. NBC10's Doug Shimell has the latest on the alleged killing spree in Montgomery County. (Published Monday, Dec. 15, 2014)

The county's 911 call center received a hang up call shortly before the shooting, she said. Police spent three hours searching the area following the shooting, but turned up nothing.

A check shortly before 8 a.m. at the Souderton home of Hill Stone's sister, Trish Flick, turned up another gruesome scene.

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[PHI] Man Kills Ex-Wife, 6 Confirmed Dead
Investigators from Montgomery County are searching for the man they say killed his ex-wife and then went on to kill her family members. NBC10's Tim Furlong is in Harleysville, Pa. with more. (Published Monday, Dec. 15, 2014)

Stone barged into Flick's Penn Avenue home around 3:30 a.m. and shot her, her husband Aaron, their 14-year-old daughter Nina and 17-year-old son Anthony, according to prosecutors.

SWAT officers surrounded the home after arriving and spent hours trying to make contact with a person they could see moving inside.

2 Dead in Lansdale Home

[PHI] 2 Dead in Lansdale Home
NBC10's Denise Nakano is in Lansdale, Pa. where two people were killed. One of the victim's was found dead in the home early Monday. Investigators believe Bradley Stone is the shooter. (Published Monday, Dec. 15, 2014)

Around 11 a.m., officers fired a diversionary device into the home and, following the resulting boom, entered. They found all, but Anthony Flick dead. He was rushed to a waiting medical helicopter and flown to Thomas Jefferson Hospital's trauma center in Philadelphia, officials said.

Still, Stone was nowhere to be found.

Manhunt for Killing Spree Suspect Continues

[PHI] Manhunt for Killing Spree Suspect Continues
Police continue their search for Bradley Stone, the man accused of killing his ex-wife and her family members. NBC10's Doug Shimell is in Pennsburg with more. (Published Monday, Dec. 15, 2014)

The situation prompted homes to be evacuated and a shelter in place order to be activated in the town's school district. That was lifted around noon as SWAT officers left the Penn Avenue scene. That house remains under investigation as an active crime scene, Towamencin Township Police Chief Paul Dickinson said.

Those officers, driving a mine-resistant vehicle, then made their way to a fourth home, a duplex owned by Stone, along Main and W. 4th streets in Pennsburg. That home is about 20 miles from Souderton and is where additional SWAT officers had been stationed for hours.

Neighbor of Woman Shot, Killed, Heard Kids Screaming

[PHI] Neighbor of Woman Shot, Killed, Heard Kids Screaming
NBC10's Matt DeLucia is following the latest developments in the shooting investigation unfolding at three different scene in Montgomery County and talks to the neighbor living at Pheasant Run Apartment who heard gunshots and yelling where the shooting took place early this morning. (Published Monday, Dec. 15, 2014)

Police broke down a garage door and the front door, fired several gas canisters inside and used a megaphone to say "Bradley, this is the police. Come out now."

After getting no response for hours, SWAT officers moved inside and found nothing. They then expanded their search to areas nearby.

Sources said officials have asked other county law enforcement agencies to send two-men patrol cars to assist in the search. Officials in neighboring Bucks County and the FBI confirmed they are also supporting the effort.

Because of the manhunt, the Upper Perkiomen School District, which serves Stone's town, announced its schools will be closed on Tuesday.

Officials have not released a motive for the shooting, but several of Nicole Hill's neighbors and friends said the woman feared for her life as the two went through a bitter custody dispute.

"She knew and [Bradley] would tell her that he was going to kill her," said friend Evan Weron. "She would go around to all the ladies in the neighborhood 'This man's going to kill me.' She felt threatened."


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

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