Search Is On For Gunman Who Left 6 Dead Near Philadelphia

December 15, 2014

Police are looking for a man accused of killing six people in Montgomery County, Pa., Monday. Officials say the gunman is Bradley William Stone, 35, who also left three people wounded.

Reports and details are still coming in about a situation that is still developing; we’ll update this post as news emerges.

The events began to unfold around 4 a.m. ET Monday, when police were called to the scene of a shooting. Prosecutors say, “All of the victims have a familial relationship to Stone.”

From member station WHYY:

“Neighbors at the first shooting scene in Harleysville said they awoke around 4 a.m. to the sounds of breaking glass and gunshots.

“One neighbor, Evon Weron, said the suspect is a former member of the military and that the first victim was his ex-wife. Weron told the Lansdale Reporter the couple had been fighting over custody of children.”

The shootings took place in three towns that are close to one another, WHYY says.

“The hunt for Stone has moved to Pennsburg after a siege in Souderton ended without taking a suspect into custody,” reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The Inquirer says the Souderton siege “ended shortly before noon after what sounded like a concussion grenade went off and an unidentified male, evidently seriously wounded, was removed from the home and taken by ambulance to a waiting medical helicopter.”

Montgomery County is located just outside Philadelphia, with the bulk of the county to the northwest. It’s often referred to by the shorthand Montco.

District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman included a description of Stone, saying he should be considered to be armed and dangerous:

“Stone is described as 5’10”, 195 pounds, Red/Auburn beard and mustache with closely cropped hair. Stone is known to use a cane or walker to assist him. Stone may be wearing military fatigues, in either sand or green color.”

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