Montgomery County Shooting Spree Suspect Bradley Stone Found Dead in Woods By Vince Lattanzio Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 This transpired about 30 miles north of my home
Brad Stone, the gunman who went on a rampage Monday killing 6 people and seriously wounding a 7th, has been found dead in a wooded area near his home of Pennsburg, Pennsylvania. (Published
Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 •
Bradley Stone, the man prosecutors say is responsible for killing his ex-wife and five of her family members and shooting one other before going on the run, has been found dead in the woods near his home, sources and the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office confirmed to NBC10.
His body was discovered around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday near W. 4th Street and Schoolhouse Road in Pennsburg. The location is yards from the former Marine's home where SWAT teams have been methodically searching for the man for the past two days.
Law enforcement sources said it appears Stone killed himself. Police also found a video recorded by Stone on a cell phone on or near his person, sources said.
Officials will be holding a news conference at 4 p.m. You can watch live above.
Stone, 35, had 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.
"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-enhanced version, sans-beard, was also released because prosecutors believe that it more closely depicts his current look.
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 tumultuous 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.
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, focused their efforts on Tuesday in the northwest part of the county where he lived and frequented, Vetri Ferman said.
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.